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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Gape v. i. [imp. & p. p. Gaped p. pr. & vb. n. Gaping]
 1. To open the mouth wide; as: (a) Expressing a desire for food; as, young birds gape. --Dryden.  (b) Indicating sleepiness or indifference; to yawn.
 She stretches, gapes, unglues her eyes,
 And asks if it be time to rise.   --Swift.
 (c) Showing unselfconsciousness in surprise, astonishment, expectation, etc.
    With gaping wonderment had stared aghast.   --Byron.
 (d) Manifesting a desire to injure, devour, or overcome.
    They have gaped upon me with their mouth.   --Job xvi. 10.
 2. To open or part widely; to exhibit a gap, fissure, or hiatus.
    May that ground gape and swallow me alive!   --Shak.
 3. To long, wait eagerly, or cry aloud for something; -- with for, after, or at.
    The hungry grave for her due tribute gapes.   --Denham.
 Syn: -- To gaze; stare; yawn. See Gaze.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : with the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe; "the gaping
            audience"; "we stood there agape with wonder"; "with
            mouth agape" [syn: agape(p)]