noun a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water
- finally broke out of the forest into the open
noun where the air is unconfined
out-of-doors; open air; outdoors.
- he wanted to get outdoors a little
- the concert was held in the open air
- camping in the open
noun a tournament in which both professionals and amateurs may play
noun information that has become public
- all the reports were out in the open
- the facts had been brought to the surface
verb cause to open or to become open
verb start to operate or function or cause to start operating or functioning
verb become open
verb begin or set in action, of meetings, speeches, recitals, etc.
- He opened the meeting with a long speech
verb spread out or open from a closed or folded state
spread; spread out; unfold.
- open the map
- spread your arms
verb make available
- This opens up new possibilities
verb become available
verb have an opening or passage or outlet
- The bedrooms open into the hall
verb make the opening move
- Kasparov opened with a standard opening
verb afford access to
- the door opens to the patio
- The French doors give onto a terrace
verb display the contents of a file or start an application as on a computer
adjective affording unobstructed entrance and exit; not shut or closed
- an open door
- they left the door open
adjective affording free passage or access
- open drains
- the road is open to traffic
- open ranks
adjective satellite with no protection or shield
- the exposed northeast frontier
- open to the weather
- an open wound
adjective satellite open to or in view of all
- an open protest
- an open letter to the editor
adjective used of mouth or eyes
- keep your eyes open
- his mouth slightly opened
adjective satellite not having been filled
adjective satellite accessible to all
- open season
- an open economy
adjective satellite not defended or capable of being defended
undefended; assailable; undefendable.
- an open city
- open to attack
adjective satellite (of textures) full of small openings or gaps
- an open texture
- a loose weave
adjective satellite having no protecting cover or enclosure
- an open boat
- an open fire
- open sports cars
adjective (set theory) of an interval that contains neither of its endpoints
adjective satellite not brought to a conclusion; subject to further thought
undetermined; unresolved; undecided.
- an open question
- our position on this bill is still undecided
- our lawsuit is still undetermined
adjective satellite not sealed or having been unsealed
- the letter was already open
- the opened package lay on the table
adjective satellite without undue constriction as from e.g. tenseness or inhibition
- the clarity and resonance of an open tone
- her natural and open response
adjective ready or willing to receive favorably
- receptive to the proposals
adjective open and observable; not secret or hidden
- an overt lie
- overt hostility
- overt intelligence gathering
- open ballots
adjective satellite not requiring union membership
- an open shop employs nonunion workers
adjective satellite possibly accepting or permitting
- a passage capable of misinterpretation
- open to interpretation
- an issue open to question
- the time is fixed by the director and players and therefore subject to much variation
adjective satellite affording free passage or view
- a clear view
- a clear path to victory
- open waters
- the open countryside
adjective satellite openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness
- his candid eyes
- an open and trusting nature
- a heart-to-heart talk
adjective satellite ready for business
; akin to D. open
, OS. opan
, G. offan
, Icel. opinn
, Sw. öppen
, Dan. aaben
, and perh. to E. up
. Cf. Up
, and Ope
- Free of access; not shut up; not closed; affording unobstructed ingress or egress; not impeding or preventing passage; not locked up or covered over; -- applied to passageways; as, an open door, window, road, etc.; also, to inclosed structures or objects; as, open houses, boxes, baskets, bottles, etc.; also, to means of communication or approach by water or land; as, an open harbor or roadstead.
Through the gate,
Wide open and unquarded, Satan passed.
Also, figuratively, used of the ways of communication of the mind, as by the senses; ready to hear, see, etc.; as, to keep one's eyes and ears open.
His ears are open unto their cry.
Ps. xxxiv. 15.
- Free to be used, enjoyed, visited, or the like; not private; public; unrestricted in use; as, an open library, museum, court, or other assembly; liable to the approach, trespass, or attack of any one; unprotected; exposed.
If Demetrius . . . have a matter against any man, the law is open and there are deputies.
Acts xix. 33.
The service that I truly did his life,
Hath left me open to all injuries.
- Free or cleared of obstruction to progress or to view; accessible; as, an open tract; the open sea.
- Not drawn together, closed, or contracted; extended; expanded; as, an open hand; open arms; an open flower; an open prospect.
Each, with open arms, embraced her chosen knight.
- Hence: (a) Without reserve or false pretense; sincere; characterized by sincerity; unfeigned; frank; also, generous; liberal; bounteous; -- applied to personal appearance, or character, and to the expression of thought and feeling, etc.
With aspect open, shall erect his head.
The Moor is of a free and open nature.
The French are always open, familiar, and talkative.
(b) Not concealed or secret; not hidden or disguised; exposed to view or to knowledge; revealed; apparent; as, open schemes or plans; open shame or guilt.
His thefts are too open.
That I may find him, and with secret gaze
Or open admiration him behold.
- Not of a quality to prevent communication, as by closing water ways, blocking roads, etc.; hence, not frosty or inclement; mild; -- used of the weather or the climate; as, an open season; an open winter.
- Not settled or adjusted; not decided or determined; not closed or withdrawn from consideration; as, an open account; an open question; to keep an offer or opportunity open.
- Free; disengaged; unappropriated; as, to keep a day open for any purpose; to be open for an engagement.
- (Phon.) (a) Uttered with a relatively wide opening of the articulating organs; -- said of vowels; as, the än fär is open as compared with the a in say. (b) Uttered, as a consonant, with the oral passage simply narrowed without closure, as in uttering s.
- (Mus.) (a) Not closed or stopped with the finger; -- said of the string of an instrument, as of a violin, when it is allowed to vibrate throughout its whole length. (b) Produced by an open string; as, an open tone.
✍ Open is used in many compounds, most of which are self-explaining; as, open-breasted, open-minded.
Syn. -- Unclosed; uncovered; unprotected; exposed; plain; apparent; obvious; evident; public; unreserved; frank; sincere; undissembling; artless. See Candid, and Ingenuous.
- Open or unobstructed space; clear land, without trees or obstructions; open ocean; open water. "To sail into the open."
Jowett (Thucyd. ).
Then we got into the open.
= in the open
Beau. & Fl.
O"pen intransitive verb
- To unclose; to form a hole, breach, or gap; to be unclosed; to be parted.
The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram.
Ps. cvi. 17.
- To expand; to spread out; to be disclosed; as, the harbor opened to our view.
- To begin; to commence; as, the stock opened at par; the battery opened upon the enemy.
- (Sporting) To bark on scent or view of the game.
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