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hi·a·tus

 (hī-ā′təs)
n. pl. hi·a·tus·es or hiatus
1. A gap or interruption in space, time, or continuity; a break: "We are likely to be disconcerted by ... hiatuses of thought" (Edmund Wilson).
2. Linguistics A slight pause that occurs when two immediately adjacent vowels in consecutive syllables are pronounced, as in reality and naive.
3. Anatomy A separation, aperture, fissure, or short passage in an organ or body part.

[Latin hiātus, from past participle of hiāre, to gape.]

hi·a′tal (-āt′l) adj.

hiatus

(haɪˈeɪtəs)
n, pl -tuses or -tus
1. (esp in manuscripts) a break or gap where something is missing
2. a break or interruption in continuity
3. (Phonetics & Phonology) a break between adjacent vowels in the pronunciation of a word
4. (Anatomy) anatomy a natural opening or aperture; foramen
5. (Anatomy) anatomy a less common word for vulva
[C16: from Latin: gap, cleft, aperture, from hiāre to gape, yawn]
hiˈatal adj

hi•a•tus

(haɪˈeɪ təs)

n., pl. -tus•es, -tus.
1. a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc.
2. a missing part; gap or lacuna.
3. any gap or opening.
4. the coming together, with or without a break or slight pause, of two adjacent vowels in different syllables, as in see easily.
5. a natural fissure, cleft, or foramen in a bone or other structure.
[1555–65; < Latin hiātus opening, gap =hiā(re) to gape, open + -tus suffix of v. action]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hiatus - an interruption in the intensity or amount of somethinghiatus - an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
break, interruption - some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity; "the telephone is an annoying interruption"; "there was a break in the action when a player was hurt"
defervescence - abatement of a fever as indicated by a reduction in body temperature
remission, subsidence, remittal - an abatement in intensity or degree (as in the manifestations of a disease); "his cancer is in remission"
2.hiatus - a missing piece (as a gap in a manuscript)
piece - an artistic or literary composition; "he wrote an interesting piece on Iran"; "the children acted out a comic piece to amuse the guests"
3.hiatus - a natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structurehiatus - a natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure
foramen of Monro, interventricular foramen, Monro's foramen - the small opening (on both the right and left sides) that connects the third ventricle in the diencephalon with the lateral ventricle in the cerebral hemisphere
foramen magnum - the large opening at the base of the cranium through which the spinal cord passes
opening, gap - an open or empty space in or between things; "there was a small opening between the trees"; "the explosion made a gap in the wall"

hiatus

noun pause, break, interval, space, gap, breach, blank, lapse, interruption, respite, chasm, discontinuity, lacuna, entr'acte Efforts to reach a settlement resume today after a two-week hiatus.

hiatus

noun
An interval during which continuity is suspended:
Translations
aukkohiatuskeskeytyslomarako

hiatus

[haɪˈeɪtəs] N (hiatuses or hiatus (pl)) (Gram) → hiato m (fig) → vacío m, interrupción f

hiatus

[haɪˈeɪtəs] n
(= pause) → coupure f, lacune f
(LINGUISTICS)hiatus m

hiatus

nLücke f; (Gram, Poet) → Hiatus m; after a two-week hiatusnach einer Unterbrechung von zwei Wochen

hiatus

[haɪˈeɪtəs] n (frm) (gap) → vuoto (Gram) → iato

hi·a·tus

n. hiatus, abertura, orificio, fisura.

hiatus

n (anat) hiato
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Visual hiatuses are created by punctuation marks, line breaks, stanza breaks, and other dispositions of white space and typography.
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