|n.||1.||The act or process of opening; a beginning; commencement; first appearance; as, the opening of a speech.|
|2.||A place which is open; a breach; an aperture; a gap; cleft, or hole.|
|3.||An opportunity; as, an opening for business.|
|4.||A vacant place; a job which does not have a current occupant; as, they are now interviewing candidates for the two openings in the department.|
|5.||A thinly wooded space, without undergrowth, in the midst of a forest; a clearing; as, oak openings.|
|Noun||1.||opening - an open or empty space in or between things; "there was a small opening between the trees"; "the explosion made a gap in the wall"|
|2.||opening - a ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise|
|3.||opening - becoming open or being made open; "the opening of his arms was the sign I was waiting for"|
|4.||opening - the first performance (as of a theatrical production); "the opening received good critical reviews"|
|5.||opening - the act of opening something; "the ray of light revealed his cautious opening of the door"|
|6.||opening - opportunity especially for employment or promotion; "there is an opening in the sales department"|
|7.||opening - the initial part of the introduction; "the opening established the basic theme"|
|8.||opening - a possible alternative; "bankruptcy is always a possibility"|
|9.||opening - an aperture or hole opening into a bodily cavity; "the orifice into the aorta from the lower left chamber of the heart"|
|10.||opening - a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made; "they left a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door"|
|11.||opening - an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship|
|12.||opening - the first of a series of actions; "he memorized all the important chess openings"|
|Adj.||1.||opening - first or beginning; "the memorable opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth"; "the play's opening scene"|
closing - final or ending; "the closing stages of the election"; "the closing weeks of the year"; "the closing scene of the film"; "closing remarks"
TO OPEN, OPENING. To open a case is to make a statement of the pleadings in
a case, which is called the opening.
2. The opening should be concise, very distinct and perspicuous. Its use is to enable the judge and jury to direct their attention to the real merits of the case, and the points in issue. 1 Stark. R. 439;S. C. 2 E. C. L. R. 462; 2 Stark. R. 31; S. C 3 Eng. C. L. R. 230.
3. The opening address or speech is that made immediately after the evidence has been closed; such address usually states, 1st. The full extent of the plaintiff's claims, and the circumstances under which they are made, to show that they are just and reasonable. 2d. At least an outline of the evidence by which those claims are to be established. 3d. The legal grounds and authorities in favor of the claim or of the proposed evidence. 4th. An anticipation of the expected defence, and statement of the grounds on which it is futile, "either in law or justice, and the reasons why it ought to fail. 3 Chit. Pr. 881; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 3044, et seq. To open a judgment, is to set it aside.