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opener (plural openers)
- A device that opens something; specifically a tin-opener/can-opener, or a bottle opener.
- (card games) The player who starts the betting.
- (card games) (in plural openers) Cards of sufficient value to enable a player to open the betting.
- (theater) The first act in a variety show.
- (Islam) Fatiha
- (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.
device that opens something
bottle-opener See bottle opener
player who starts the betting
openers: cards of sufficient value to enable a player to open the betting
batsman who normally plays in the first two positions of an innings