From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gape \Gape\, n.
   1. The act of gaping; a yawn. --Addison.
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   2. (Zool.) The width of the mouth when opened, as of birds,
      fishes, etc.
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   The gapes.
      (a) A fit of yawning.
      (b) A disease of young poultry and other birds, attended
          with much gaping. It is caused by a parasitic nematode
          worm (Syngamus trachealis), in the windpipe, which
          obstructs the breathing. See Gapeworm.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gape \Gape\ (g[aum]p; in Eng, commonly g[=a]p; 277), v. i. [imp.
   & p. p. Gaped (g[aum]pt or g[=a]pt); p. pr. & vb. n.
   Gaping] [OE. gapen, AS. geapan to open; akin to D. gapen to
   gape, G. gaffen, Icel. & Sw. gapa, Dan. gabe; cf. Skr. jabh
   to snap at, open the mouth. Cf. Gaby, Gap.]
   1. To open the mouth wide; as:
      (a) Expressing a desire for food; as, young birds gape.
      (b) Indicating sleepiness or indifference; to yawn.
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                She stretches, gapes, unglues her eyes,
                And asks if it be time to rise.   --Swift.
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      (c) Showing unselfconsciousness in surprise, astonishment,
          expectation, etc.
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                With gaping wonderment had stared aghast.
      (d) Manifesting a desire to injure, devour, or overcome.
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                They have gaped upon me with their mouth. --Job
                                                  xvi. 10.
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   2. To open or part widely; to exhibit a gap, fissure, or
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            May that ground gape and swallow me alive! --Shak.
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   3. To long, wait eagerly, or cry aloud for something; -- with
      for, after, or at.
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            The hungry grave for her due tribute gapes.

   Syn: To gaze; stare; yawn. See Gaze.
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