hiatus definition

  • noun:
    • A gap or disruption in space, time, or continuity; a rest: "we have been apt to be disconcerted by . . . hiatuses of thought” ( Edmund Wilson).
    • Linguistics hook pause occurring whenever two instantly adjacent vowels in consecutive syllables tend to be pronounced, like in reality and naive.
    • Anatomy A separation, aperture, fissure, or brief passage in an organ or human anatomy part.
    • A gap in a series, which makes it partial.
    • An interruption, break or pause.
    • a secondary, break from work.
    • A gap in geological strata.
    • An opening in an organ.
    • An opening; an aperture; a gap; a chasm; esp., a defect in a manuscript, in which some component is lost or effaced; a space where one thing is desiring; some slack.
    • The concurrence of two vowels in two successive terms or syllables.
    • An opening; an aperture; a gap; a chasm.
    • In structure, a foramen.
    • In sentence structure and prosody, the coming collectively of two vowels without intervening consonant in consecutive words or syllables of just one term.
    • A space where anything necessity to completeness is absent, as a missing link in a genealogy, an interval of unknown record, a lost or erased part of a manuscript, etc.; a lacuna; a rest.
    • Specifically, in reasoning, a fault of demonstration, consisting in the omission to show some idea made use of, and not self-evident or admitted.
    • a missing piece (as a gap in a manuscript)
    • an interruption within the intensity or number of something
    • an all natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous framework

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