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in·ter·stice

 (ĭn-tûr′stĭs)
n. pl. in·ter·stic·es (-stĭ-sēz′, -sĭz)
A space, especially a small or narrow one, between things or parts: "There is a gleam of luminous gold, where the sinking western sun has found a first direct interstice in the clouds" (John Fowles).

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin interstitium, from *interstitus, past participle of intersistere, to pause, make a break : inter-, inter- + sistere, to cause to stand, set up; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

interstice

(ɪnˈtɜːstɪs)
n (usually plural)
1. a minute opening or crevice between things
2. (Chemistry) physics the space between adjacent atoms in a crystal lattice
[C17: from Latin interstitium interval, from intersistere, from inter- + sistere to stand]

in•ter•stice

(ɪnˈtɜr stɪs)

n., pl. -stic•es (-stəˌsiz, -stə sɪz)
1. a small or narrow space or interval between things or parts: the interstices between the slats of a fence.
2. an interval of time.
[1595–1605; < Latin interstitium=inter- inter- + -stit- (see superstition) + -ium -ium1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.interstice - a small structural space between tissues or parts of an organ; "the interstices of a network"
anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure - a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing; "he has good bone structure"
areola - small space in a tissue or body part such as the area between veins on a leaf or an insect's wing
2.interstice - small opening between things
opening - a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made; "they left a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door"

interstice

noun
A space or interval between objects or points:
Translations

interstice

[ɪnˈtɜːstɪs] Nintersticio m

interstice

nZwischenraum m; (in wall etc also) → Sprung m, → Riss m; (between panels also) → Fuge f
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