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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈəʊ.pən.ə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈoʊ.pən.ɚ/
- (General Australian) IPA(key): /ˈəʉ.pən.ə/, /ˈəʉp.nə/
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opener (plural openers)
- A person who opens something.
- 1863, The British Controversialist: And Literary Magazine, page 122:
- Have you, like the opener of this debate, discovered, sapiently enough, that "the peace party, with Lord Aberdeen at their head, were the chief cause of the war"?
- A device that opens something; specifically a tin-opener/can-opener, or a bottle opener.
- (in combination) An establishment that opens.
- The late-night openers in the mall include two restaurants and a clothing store.
- (card games) The player who starts the betting.
- (card games, in the plural) Cards of sufficient value to enable a player to open the betting.
- (metalworking) A person employed to separate sheets of hot metal that become stuck together.
- (theater) The first act in a variety show or concert.
- (cricket) A batsman who normally plays in the first two positions of an innings.
- (colloquial) The first in a series of events, items etc.; the first remark or sentence of a conversation.
- (sports) The first game played in a competition.
- 2011 September 24, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 67-3 Romania”, in BBC Sport:
- England were on the scoreboard after only one minute, Wilkinson, who missed five penalties in his side's opener against the Pumas, knocking over a three-pointer from bang in front, despite boos from the crowd.
- (sports) The first goal or point scored.
- 2011 January 15, Saj Chowdhury, “Man City 4 - 3 Wolves”, in BBC:
- The opener came from a Jarvis ball which struck Aleksandar Kolarov en route to a lively round of pinball between City players before it was poked in by Milijas.
- (fishing) A period of time when it is legal to commercially fish.
- (baseball) A pitcher who specializes in getting the first outs of a game before being replaced, either by a long reliever or a pitcher who would normally start.
- 2018 August 23, Tayler, Jon, “How the Tampa Bay Rays Reinvented the Concept of Starting Pitching”, in Sports Illustrated:
- The Rays debuted the opener—in which a reliever starts the game and throws anywhere from one to three innings, then gives way to a new pitcher, who will usually throw three to five as essentially a second starter—on May 19 against the Angels, using veteran righty Sergio Romo to pitch the first.
of the sense “tool or machine used to open”
- eye-opener (noun)
- for openers
device that opens something
can opener — see can opener
bottle opener — see bottle opener
player who starts the betting
openers: cards of sufficient value to enable a player to open the betting
first act in a variety show
batsman who normally plays in the first two positions of an innings
baseball pitcher who starts the game, but is planned to have a short outing
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