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open (unobstructed)

Definition:

affording free passage or view

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

openness

Comparative:

opener

Superlative:

openest

Similar to:

unobstructed

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage examples:

  • open waters
  • the open countryside

Synonyms:

clear

Etymology:

Old English open "not closed down, raised up" (of doors, gates, and so on...),...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of open...

Definition references

Oxford Dictionary:

open | Open | open to | open on to/into | open out | open up | open out/up | open someone to/up to | the open | ...

allowing access, passage, or a view through an empty space; not closed or blocked | [containers] not fastened or sealed | (of a garment or its ... (24 of 1601 words, 87 definitions, 83 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/open

Collins Dictionary:

open | open season [sense-specific] | open cheque [sense-specific] | the open [sense-specific] | open air [sense-specific] | bring into the open [sense-specific] | come into the open [sense-specific] | available [synonym, sense-specific] | blatant [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

not closed or barred | affording free passage, access, view, etc; not blocked or obstructed | not sealed, fastened, or wrapped | having the interior ... (22 of 1481 words, 61 definitions, 49 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/open

Random House Dictionary:

open | oped [literary, abbreviation, past tense] | oping [literary, abbreviation, present participle] | open up [sense-specific] | the open [sense-specific] | an open or clear space [sense-specific] | the open air [sense-specific] | the open water, as of the sea [sense-specific] | an opening or aperture [sense-specific] | ...

not closed or barred at the time, as a doorway by a door, a window by a sash, or a gateway by a gate. | (of a door, gate, window sash, or the like) ... (33 of 1429 words, 88 definitions, 49 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/open

American Heritage Dictionary:

open | opened [past tense] | opening [present participle] | opens [3rd-person singular present] | open up | openly [adverb, related] | openness [noun, related]

Affording unobstructed entrance and exit; not shut or closed. | Affording unobstructed passage or view | Having no protecting or concealing cover | ... (20 of 967 words, 76 definitions, 54 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

open [entry 1, adjective, adverb] | opener [comparative] | openest [superlative] | dup [verb, archaic] | oped [archaic, past tense] | oping [archaic, present participle] | unfolded [synonym, sense-specific] | clear [synonym, sense-specific] | cleared [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

having no enclosing or confining barrier; accessible on all or nearly all sides | being in a position or adjustment to permit passage; not shut or ... (25 of 952 words, 19 definitions, 45 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/open

open [entry 2, verb] | opened [past tense] | opening [present participle] | unfold [synonym, sense-specific] | speak out [definition 2, synonym, sense-specific] | unclose [synonym, sense-specific] | close [antonym, sense-specific] | shut [antonym, sense-specific] | unbar [similar, sense-specific] | ...

to move (as a door) from a closed position ; to make available for entry or ... | to make available for or active in a regular function ; to make ... (30 of 488 words, 14 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/open show=1

open [entry 3, noun] | opening [synonym, sense-specific] | nature [synonym, sense-specific] | open air [synonym, sense-specific] | outdoors [synonym, sense-specific] | out-of-doors [synonym, sense-specific] | wild [synonym, sense-specific] | wilderness [synonym, sense-specific] | backwoods [similar, sense-specific] | ...

"opening" | open and unobstructed space: as ; "open air" ; open water | an open contest, competition, or tournament | a public or unconcealed state or ... (24 of 94 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/open show=2

New World Dictionary:

open | oping [archaic, poetic] | opened [adjective, related] | openly [adverb, related] | openness [noun, related]

in a state which permits access, entrance, or exit; not closed, covered, clogged, or shut ; closed, but unlocked | in a state which permits freedom of ... (26 of 732 words, 43 definitions, 30 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

open | in open court | an open book | the open road | throw something open | welcome/receive someone with open arms

if a shop, restaurant etc is open, people are working there and the public can use or visit it | something that is open has no cover or has its edges ... (30 of 645 words, 14 definitions, 38 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/open

open [verb] | opened [past tense] | opening [present participle] | opens [3rd-person singular present] | open up | open the door/way | open doors | open fire | open someone's mind to something

[transitive] to separate the edges of something, or to take off its cover ... | [transitive] to move a door or window into a position that allows ... (26 of 632 words, 10 definitions, 31 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

open | opens [plural] | opened [past tense] | opening [present participle] | openest [archaic, 2nd-person singular present] | patulous [archaic, 2nd-person singular present] | exposed [archaic, 2nd-person singular present] | spread [archaic, 2nd-person singular present] | unclose [poetic] | ...

[uncomparable] Which is not closed; accessible; unimpeded; as, an open gate. | [uncomparable] Actively conducting or prepared to conduct business. | [comparable] Receptive. | [uncomparable] Public; as, an open letter, an open declaration. |... (30 of 268 words, 24 definitions, 22 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/open

Wikipedia:

Open [disambiguation]

may refer to: Open (film), a 2011 film | Open (sport), type of competition in tennis, golf and other sports where entry is open to qualifiers regardless of amateur or professional status | Open...., the original interactive television service on BSkyBs... (39 of 256 words, 24 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Open

Cambridge Dictionary:

open [entry 1]

not closed or fastened (4 of 45 words, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/open 1

open [entry 2, after verb]

ready to be used or ready to provide a service (10 of 47 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/open 2

open [entry 3]

not closed in or covered (5 of 57 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/open 3

open [entry 4]

If a computer document or program is open, it's ready to be read or used (15 of 35 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/open 4

open [entry 5, after verb]

available; not limited (3 of 77 words, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/open 5

open [entry 6]

not secret | honest and not secretive (6 of 52 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/open 6

open [entry 7]

not decided or certain (4 of 52 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/open 7

open [entry 8]

to (cause to) begin (4 of 68 words, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/open 8

open [entry 9]

to move something to a position that is not closed, or to make something change to a position that is not closed | to remove or separate part of a ... (29 of 124 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

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open [entry 10]

If a shop or office opens at a particular time of day, it starts to do business at that time | If someone, usually someone important, opens a building ... (28 of 89 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/open 10

open [entry 11]

to make something available (4 of 38 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/open 11

open [entry 12]

If you open a computer document or program, you make it ready to read or use (16 of 43 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/open 12

open [entry 13] | the open

somewhere outside, rather than in a building (7 of 34 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/open 13

open [entry 14] | bring something out into the open

to tell people information that was secret (7 of 31 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/open 14

Encarta Dictionary:

open | opens [plural] | opened [past tense] | opening [present participle]

allowing people or things to pass through freely | with the lid, cork, or other device removed or in a position that allows access to the inside | not ... (27 of 1337 words, 65 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861635067​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

open

Origin: Old English open "not closed down, raised up" (of doors, gates, and so on...), also "uncovered, bare; plain, evident", from Proto-Germanic ... (21 of 283 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=open

Wiktionary:

open | opens [plural] | opened [past tense] | opening [present participle]

Origin: Middle English open, from Old English open ("open"), from Proto-Germanic *upanaz ("open"), from Proto-Indo-European *upo ("up from under, over"). Cognate with Scots open ("open"), Saterland Frisian eepen... (27 of 67 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/open

Oxford Dictionary:

open | Open | open to | open on to/into | open out | open up | open out/up | open someone to/up to | the open | ...

Origin: Old English open (adjective), openian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch open and German offen, from the root of the adverb "up"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/open

Collins Dictionary:

open

Origin: Old English; related to Old French open, epen, Old Saxon opan, Old High German offan

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/open

New World Dictionary:

open

Origin: Middle English from Old English, akin to German offen from Proto-Germanic *upana

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/open

American Heritage Dictionary:

open | opened [past tense] | opening [present participle] | opens [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old English; see upo in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/open

Merriam-Webster:

open [entry 1, adjective, adverb] | opener [comparative] | openest [superlative]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German offan open, Old English ūp up

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Encarta Dictionary:

open | opens [plural] | opened [past tense] | opening [present participle]

Origin: Old English, from Indo-European, "up from under, over"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861635067​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

open | opens [plural] | opened [past tense] | opening [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "open"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/open

Collins Dictionary:

open

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "open"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/open

Macmillan American Dictionary:

open [adjective]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "open"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/open

open [verb] | opened [past tense] | opening [present participle] | opens [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "open"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

open

Audio: British English pronunciation of "open"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/open

open [verb] | opened [past tense] | opening [present participle] | opens [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "open"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

open [entry 9]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "open"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "open"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/open 9

the Free Dictionary:

open

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "open"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "open"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "open" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

open | opens [plural] | opened [past tense] | opening [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "open"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

open

Audio: North American pronunciation of "open"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=open​0001 word=open

YourDictionary Audio:

open

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "open" by speech synthesizer

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