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gape at (someone or something)

To stare at someone or something in surprise, typically with the mouth open. I have some great pictures of the kids gaping at the giraffes at the zoo. It probably wasn't the best reaction, but I was so shocked that I could only gape at Mary when she told me she was pregnant.
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1. obsolete Something that is so strange, interesting, or unexpected that it causes one to stare with one's mouth open. A: "I think that seeing a horse in our kitchen certainly counts as gapeseed, don't you?" B: "Uh, indeed. Where is the stable boy?"
2. obsolete Someone who gapes or gawks at something. Show some respect—don't be a gapeseed.
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gape at someone or something

to stare at someone or something in wonder. Don't just stand there, gaping at me. Come in. Stop gaping at the storm clouds and get in here.
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cells were repeatedly added to the aquarium and filtration rate measurements were performed under simultaneous monitoring of the valve gape of the mussels during the opening phase (0% to 80% of maximum registered valve gape during the whole experiment).
In another series of experiments, the valve gape opening-closing response of mussels caused by presence/absence of algal cells was also recorded during periods with continuous algal supply followed by starvation periods without algal supply.
ceils [mL.sup.-1] (fully open mussels) to the time when the mean valve gape was reduced to 50% of the maximum registered during the preceding steady-state period.
Figure 2 shows an example of valve opening response (during the first 15 min) to an addition of algal cells to a group of starved mussels, and further, after a period with a maintained algal concentration between 1000 and 5000 cells [mL.sup.-1] to ensure maximum valve gape, the figure shows the closing response to a decreasing algal cell concentration.
The observed valve gape responses to presence/absence of algal cells in the ambient water shows that the valve opening/closure responses are strongly influenced by the preceding feeding conditions.
The duration of the opening response (defined as the time from readdition of algal cells after a short period of valve closure caused by stoppage of the dosing pump until the mean valve gape had increased to maximum) is shown on Figure 8.
cells [mL.sup.-1] responded to a slight reduction in the algal concentration by a nearly immediate reduction in valve gape (Fig.
The proposed causal relation between near-bed phytoplankton biomass (chl a) and mussel valve gape was investigated further in a shallow tidal lagoon close to Kerteminde Fjord.
11), but the present study suggests this effect to be an indirect one, because the mussels (located between dense macro-algae, Fucus sp.) were never exposed to such high current speeds reported to affect the valve gape of mussels (see e.g., Newell et al.
As stated by Riisgard (2001b) the valve-closing phenomenon, which has also been clearly demonstrated in the present work, represents a physiological adaptation to filter feeding in extremely meager situations, when a reduced valve gape reduces the metabolism of the mussel (Jorgensen et al.
Tidally induced variation in bivalve filtration activity (valve gape and/or siphon opening degree) has earlier been observed in situ in Mya arenaria (Roegner 1998, Thorin et al.
Field studies have revealed that phytoplankton concentrations higher than about 1 [micro]g chl a [L.sup.-1] stimulate the mussels to keep their valves wide open, whereas lower near-bed concentrations cause valve closure, or reduced valve gape. The in situ valve opening and closing times in response to variation in near-bed chl a concentration are considerably faster than in unfed mussels in the laboratory.