Definition - opening

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opening
  1. afford access to; "the door opens to the patio"; "The French doors give onto a terrace"
  2. the act of opening something; "the ray of light revealed his cautious opening of the door"
  3. begin or set in action, of meetings, speeches, recitals, etc.; "He opened the meeting with a long speech"
  4. becoming open or being made open; "the opening of his arms was the sign I was waiting for"
  5. start to operate or function or cause to start operating or functioning; "open a business"
  6. a recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game of chess; "he memorized all the important chess openings"
  7. have an opening or passage or outlet; "The bedrooms open into the hall"
  8. an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
  9. first or beginning; "the memorable opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth"; "the play's opening scene"
  10. a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made; "they left a small openin