an open or empty space in or between things
"there was a small opening between the trees"; "the explosion made a gap in the wall"
possibility, opening night, chess opening, spread, curtain raising, opening move, hatchway, crack, scuttle, interruption, initiative, disruption, possible action, gap, first step, orifice, col, break, porta
a ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise
becoming open or being made open
"the opening of his arms was the sign I was waiting for"
opening, opening night, curtain raising(noun)
the first performance (as of a theatrical production)
"the opening received good critical reviews"
the act of opening something
"the ray of light revealed his cautious opening of the door"
opportunity especially for employment or promotion
"there is an opening in the sales department"
the initial part of the introduction
"the opening established the basic theme"
possibility, possible action, opening(noun)
a possible alternative
"bankruptcy is always a possibility"
orifice, opening, porta(noun)
an aperture or hole that opens into a bodily cavity
"the orifice into the aorta from the lower left chamber of the heart"
a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made
"they left a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door"
hatchway, opening, scuttle(noun)
an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
opening, chess opening(noun)
a recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game of chess
"he memorized all the important chess openings"
first step, initiative, opening move, opening(adj)
the first of a series of actions
possibility, opening move, opening night, chess opening, curtain raising, go-ahead, hatchway, scuttle, initiative, enterprisingness, gap, first step, orifice, enterprise, possible action, porta
first or beginning
"the memorable opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth"; "the play's opening scene"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
The Latin commencement is more formal than the Saxon beginning, as the verb commence, is more formal than begin. Commencement is for the most part restricted to some form of action, while beginning has no restriction, but may be applied to action, state, material, extent, enumeration, or to whatever else may be conceived of as having a first part, point, degree, etc. The letter A is at the beginning (not the commencement) of every alphabet. If we were to speak of the commencement of the Pacific Railroad, we should be understood to refer to the enterprise and its initiatory act; if we were to refer to the roadway we should say "Here is the beginning of the Pacific Railroad." In the great majority of cases begin and beginning are preferable to commence and commencement as the simple, idiomatic English words, always accurate and expressive. "In the beginning was the word," John i, 1. An origin is the point from which something starts or sets out, often involving, and always suggesting causal connection; as, the origin of evil; the origin of a nation, a government, or a family. A source is that which furnishes a first and continuous supply, that which flows forth freely or may be readily recurred to; as, the source of a river; a source of knowledge; a source of inspiration; fertile land is a source (not an origin) of wealth. A rise is thought of as in an action; we say that a lake is the source of a certain river, or that the river takes its rise from the lake. Motley wrote of "The Rise of the Dutch Republic." Fount, fountain, and spring, in their figurative senses, keep close to their literal meaning. Compare CAUSE.
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openness, introductory, open, inaugural, opening-up, commencement, aperture, fatah, inauguration, initiation, unlock, opened, opener, ouverture, start, beginning, initial, opens, overture, launch, keynote, preliminary, paving, editorial, reopening, launching, fath, liberalisation
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- oberturaCatalan, Valencian
- otvor, otevíracíCzech
- Eröffnung, Öffnung, offene Stelle, Eröffnungsvorstellung, freie StelleGerman
- avaus, aukko, avaaminen, ensi-ilta, reikä, [[avoin]] [[paikka]], avajaiset, kolo, tilaisuus, aloitus, alku, rako, mahdollisuus, avautuminen, [[tyhjä]] [[paikka]], paikkaFinnish
- trou, ouvertureFrench
- beul, tollScottish Gaelic
- sigla, aperturaItalian
- angotanga, pūaha, whakatuwheratanga, whakapuaretangaMāori
- vaga, início, aberturaPortuguese
- открытие, дебют, отверстие, проход, вакансия, увертюра, началоRussian
- öppning, spelöppningSwedish
- khai mạcVietnamese
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