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 sta- 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