Hiatus meaning

hī-ātəs
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The definition of hiatus is a gap, break or interruption.

An example of hiatus is the time between a television show's seasons.

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A gap or interruption in space, time, or continuity; a break.
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(linguistics) A slight pause that occurs when two immediately adjacent vowels in consecutive syllables are pronounced, as in reality and naive.
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A gap in a series, making it incomplete.
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(anatomy) A separation, aperture, fissure, or short passage in an organ or body part.
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Any gap or interruption, as in continuity or time.
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A break where a part is missing or lost, as in a manuscript; gap in a sequence; lacuna.
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(phonet.) A slight pause in pronunciation between two successive vowels in adjacent words or syllables, as between the sounds represented by the successive e's in he entered and reenter.
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(anatomy) A separation, aperture, fissure, or short passage in an organ or body part.
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A vacation, break from work.

The band took a hiatus for three months.

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(anatomy) An opening in an organ.

Hiatus aorticus is an opening in the diaphragm through which aorta and thoracic duct pass.

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(linguistics)
  • A syllable break between two vowels, without an intervening consonant. (Compare diphthong.)
  • The condition of having such a break.
    Words like reality and naïve contain vowels in hiatus.
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(geology) A gap in geological strata.
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Origin of hiatus

  • Latin hiātus from past participle of hiāre to gape

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin hiātus (“opening”), from hiō (“stand open, yawn”).

    From Wiktionary