(1)   First or beginning
"The memorable opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth"
"The play's opening scene"


(2)   The first of a series of actions
(3)   The act of opening something
"The ray of light revealed his cautious opening of the door"
(4)   Becoming open or being made open
"The opening of his arms was the sign I was waiting for"
(5)   A recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game of chess
"He memorized all the important chess openings"
(6)   An entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
(7)   A vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made
"They left a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door"
(8)   An aperture or hole that opens into a bodily cavity
"The orifice into the aorta from the lower left chamber of the heart"
(9)   A possible alternative
"Bankruptcy is always a possibility"
(10)   The initial part of the introduction
"The opening established the basic theme"
(11)   The first performance (as of a theatrical production)
"The opening received good critical reviews"
(12)   A ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise
(13)   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"
(14)   Opportunity especially for employment or promotion
"There is an opening in the sales department"


  1. A hole; a gap; a crevice.
  2. The first few moves in a game of chess.
  3. An unoccupied employment position.
  4. The first performance of a show or play by a particular troupe.
  5. The initial period an art gallery or museum is first opened.
  6. The first few measures of a musical composition.


  1. describing the first period of play, usually up to the fall of the first wicket; describing a batsman who opens the innings or a bowler who opens the attack