a small or narrow space between things or parts; crevice: usually used in pl.
Origin of intersticeFrench from Late Latin interstitium from inter-, between + sistere, to set, reduplicated, reduplication of stare, to stand
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 )
Origin of intersticeMiddle 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.
- A small opening or space between objects, especially adjacent objects or objects set closely together, as between cords in a rope or components of a multiconductor electrical cable or between atoms in a crystal.
- An interval of time required by the Roman Catholic Church between the attainment of different degrees of an order.
- By extension, a small interval of time free to be spent on activities other than one's primary goal.
- Figuratively, a fragment of space