1. The act or process of opening; a beginning; commencement; first appearance; as, the opening of a speech. "The opening of your glory was like that of light." (Dryden)

2. A place which is open; a breach; an aperture; a gap; cleft, or hole. "We saw him at the opening of his tent." (Shak)

3. Hence: A vacant place; an opportunity; as, an opening for business.

4. A thinly wooded space, without undergrowth, in the midst of a forest; as, oak openings.

(01 Mar 1998)