Synonyms for opening

Synonyms for (noun) opening

Synonyms: first step, initiative, opening, opening move

Definition: the first of a series of actions

Similar words: start, commencement, beginning

Definition: the act of starting something

Usage: he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations


Synonyms: opening

Definition: the act of opening something

Usage: the ray of light revealed his cautious opening of the door

Similar words: motility, motion, move, movement

Definition: a change of position that does not entail a change of location

Usage: the reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise; movement is a sign of life; an impatient move of his hand; gastrointestinal motility


Synonyms: opening

Definition: becoming open or being made open

Usage: the opening of his arms was the sign I was waiting for

Similar words: change of integrity

Definition: the act of changing the unity or wholeness of something


Synonyms: chess opening, opening

Definition: a recognized sequence of moves at the beginning of a game of chess

Usage: he memorized all the important chess openings

Similar words: sequence, succession

Definition: the action of following in order

Usage: he played the trumps in sequence


Synonyms: hatchway, scuttle, opening

Definition: an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship

Similar words: entrance, entranceway, entree, entry, entryway

Definition: something that provides access (to get in or get out)

Usage: they waited at the entrance to the garden; beggars waited just outside the entryway to the cathedral


Synonyms: opening

Definition: a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made

Usage: they left a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door

Similar words: artefact, artifact

Definition: a man-made object taken as a whole


Synonyms: porta, opening, orifice

Definition: an aperture or hole that opens into a bodily cavity

Usage: the orifice into the aorta from the lower left chamber of the heart

Similar words: passage, passageway

Definition: a path or channel or duct through or along which something may pass

Usage: the nasal passages


Synonyms: possibility, possible action, opening

Definition: a possible alternative

Usage: bankruptcy is always a possibility

Similar words: option, alternative, choice

Definition: one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen

Usage: what option did I have?; there no other alternative; my only choice is to refuse


Synonyms: opening

Definition: the initial part of the introduction

Usage: the opening established the basic theme

Similar words: introduction

Definition: the first section of a communication


Synonyms: curtain raising, opening, opening night

Definition: the first performance (as of a theatrical production)

Usage: the opening received good critical reviews

Similar words: start

Definition: the beginning of anything

Usage: it was off to a good start


Synonyms: opening

Definition: a ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise

Similar words: ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, observance

Definition: a formal event performed on a special occasion

Usage: a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor


Synonyms: opening, gap

Definition: an open or empty space in or between things

Usage: there was a small opening between the trees; the explosion made a gap in the wall

Similar words: space

Definition: an empty area (usually bounded in some way between things)

Usage: the architect left space in front of the building; they stopped at an open space in the jungle; the space between his teeth


Synonyms: opening

Definition: opportunity especially for employment or promotion

Usage: there is an opening in the sales department

Similar words: chance, opportunity

Definition: a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances

Usage: the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington; now is your chance

Synonyms for (adjective) opening

Synonyms: opening

Definition: first or beginning

Usage: the memorable opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth; the play's opening scene

Similar words: first, beginning

Definition: serving to begin

Usage: the beginning canto of the poem; the first verse


Similar words: first, maiden, initiative, initiatory, inaugural

Definition: serving to set in motion

Usage: the magazine's inaugural issue; the initiative phase in the negotiations; an initiatory step toward a treaty; his first (or maiden) speech in Congress; the liner's maiden voyage


Similar words: introductory

Definition: serving to open or begin

Usage: began the slide show with some introductory remarks


Similar words: starting

Definition: appropriate to the beginning or start of an event

Usage: the starting point; hands in the starting position