Interstice meaning

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A space, especially a small or narrow one, between things or parts.
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A small or narrow space between things or parts; crevice.
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An opening or space, especially a small or narrow one between mineral grains in a rock or within sediments or soil.
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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.
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An interval of time required by the Roman Catholic Church between the attainment of different degrees of an order.
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By extension, a small interval of time free to be spent on activities other than one's primary goal.
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Figuratively, a fragment of space.
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Origin of interstice

  • 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 stā- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Old French interstice, from Latin interstitium

    From Wiktionary