intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo
- 1 [person] (react with astonishment) quedarse boquiabierto or con la boca abierta; (stare) mirar boquiabierto don't just stand there gaping no te quedes ahí con la boca abiertato gape
atsth she gaped in astonishment at the news se quedó boquiabierta al oír la noticiaMore example sentences
- Her bluish eyes were wide with shock as her mouth gaped at the sight of me.
- We all gasped putting our hands over our mouths as we gaped at the scene in front of us.
- They gaped at him, their mouths slightly open, then simultaneously bolted for the basement door to the outside.
- 2 (be open) estar* abierto the curtains gaped open las cortinas estaban abiertasMore example sentences
- If you're really lucky a Central Line train will already be standing there waiting with its doors gaping open.
- In spite of widespread statutory reform, legal loopholes gaped wide open at midcentury.
- A huge hole gaped in the roof, and a conservatory was shattered.
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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.