Definition of Hiatus

1. Noun. An interruption in the intensity or amount of something.

Exact synonyms: Abatement, Reprieve, Respite, Suspension
Generic synonyms: Break, Interruption
Specialized synonyms: Defervescence, Remission, Remittal, Subsidence
Derivative terms: Abate, Suspend

2. Noun. A missing piece (as a gap in a manuscript).
Generic synonyms: Piece

3. Noun. A natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure.
Exact synonyms: Foramen
Specialized synonyms: Foramen Of Monro, Interventricular Foramen, Monro's Foramen, Foramen Magnum
Generic synonyms: Gap, Opening

Definition of Hiatus

1. n. An opening; an aperture; a gap; a chasm; esp., a defect in a manuscript, where some part is lost or effaced; a space where something is wanting; a break.

Definition of Hiatus

1. Noun. A gap in a series, making it incomplete. ¹

2. Noun. (linguistics) ¹

3. Noun. A gap in geological strata. ¹

4. Noun. (anatomy) An opening in an organ. ¹

5. Noun. An interruption, break or pause. ¹

6. Noun. A vacation, break from work. ¹

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Definition of Hiatus

1. a gap or missing section [n -ES] : HIATAL [adj]

Medical Definition of Hiatus

1. An aperture, opening, or foramen. Origin: L. An aperture, fr. Hio, pp. Hiatus, to yawn (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Hiatus

hi test
hi there
hiatal hernia
hiatus (current term)
hiatus adductorius
hiatus aorticus
hiatus canalis facialis
hiatus canalis nervi petrosi majoris
hiatus canalis nervi petrosi minoris
hiatus ethmoidalis
hiatus hernia
hiatus maxillaris
hiatus oesophageus
hiatus of canal for greater petrosal nerve
hiatus of canal of lesser petrosal nerve
hiatus of facial canal
hiatus sacralis
hiatus saphenus

Literary usage of Hiatus

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Grammar of the Homeric Dialect by David Binning Monro (1891)
"hiatus. 379.] hiatus is a term which is used by writers on metre in more than one ... It would be more scientific, perhaps, to understand the word hiatus as ..."

2. From Latin to Spanish by Paul M. Lloyd (1987)
"The Elimination of hiatus The tendency to eliminate the hiatus between vowels in contact in different syllables is a permanent one in Latin-Romance. ..."

3. The Latin Language: An Historical Account of Latin Sounds, Stems and Flexions by Wallace Martin Lindsay (1894)
"They were apparently regarded as vulgarisms, much as the change of final -ng to -и is with us. § 41. Final long vowel in hiatus. In Greek poetry (dactylic, ..."

4. The Prologue in the Old French and Provençal Mystery by David Hobart Carnahan (1905)
"ELISION AND hiatus. Elision. The modern rules for the elision of final mute e held good, but the exceptions were very numerous. ..."

5. A Greek Grammar for Colleges by Herbert Weir Smyth (1920)
"EUPHONY OF VOWELS CONTACT OF VOWELS AND hiatus 46. Attic more than any other dialect disliked the immediate succession of two vowel sounds in adjoining ..."

6. Greek and Roman Versification: With an Introduction on the Development of by Lucian Müller, Samuel Ball Platner (1892)
"hiatus at the end of a word is the most unpleasant; less so in the middle of ... hiatus in Homer is often only apparent, as the digamma frequently is to be ..."

7. A Comparative Grammar of the Dravidian Or South-Indian Family of Languages by Robert Caldwell (1875)
"It is in Greek that the use of n, to prevent hiatus, has been most fully developed ; for whilst in Sanskrit contiguous vowels are combined or changed, ..."

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