noun Date: 13th century 1. a. an act or instance of making or becoming open b. an act or instance of beginning ; commencement; especially a formal and usually public event by which something new is put officially into operation 2. something that is open: as a. (1) breach, aperture (2) an open width ; span b. an area without trees or with scattered usually mature trees that occurs as a break in a forest c. two pages that face one another in a book 3. something that constitutes a beginning: as a. a usually planned series of moves made at the beginning of a game of chess or checkers — compare endgame, middle game b. a first performance 4. a. occasion, chance b. an opportunity for employment

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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