water gap

wa·ter gap
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [waw-ter, wot-er gap]
    • /ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər gæp/
    • /ˈwɔːtə(r) ɡæp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter, wot-er gap]
    • /ˈwɔ tər, ˈwɒt ər gæp/

Definitions of water gap words

  • noun water gap a transverse gap in a mountain ridge, cut by and giving passage to a stream or river. 1
  • noun water gap a deep valley in a ridge, containing a stream 0
  • noun water gap a break in a mountain ridge, with a stream flowing through it 0

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Origin of water gap

First appearance:

before 1750
One of the 47% newest English words
An Americanism dating back to 1750-60

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water gap popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 40% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 63% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

water gap usage trend in Literature

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