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open +‎ -er



opener (plural openers)

  1. 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"?
  2. A device that opens something; specifically a tin-opener/can-opener, or a bottle opener.
  3. (in combination) An establishment that opens.
    The late-night openers in the mall include two restaurants and a clothing store.
  4. (card games) The player who starts the betting.
  5. (card games, in the plural) Cards of sufficient value to enable a player to open the betting.
  6. (metalworking) A person employed to separate sheets of hot metal that become stuck together.
  7. (theater) The first act in a variety show or concert.
  8. (cricket) A batsman who normally plays in the first two positions of an innings.
  9. (colloquial) The first in a series of events, items etc.; the first remark or sentence of a conversation.
  10. (sports) The first game played in a competition.
    • 2011 September 24, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 67-3 Romania”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      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.
  11. (sports) The first goal or point scored.
    • 2011 January 15, Saj Chowdhury, “Man City 4 - 3 Wolves”, in BBC[2]:
      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.
  12. (fishing) A period of time when it is legal to commercially fish.
  13. (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[3]:
      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”

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