A space, especially a small or narrow one, between things or parts.
A small or narrow space between things or parts; crevice.
An opening or space, especially a small or narrow one between mineral grains in a rock or within sediments or soil.
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.
By extension, a small interval of time free to be spent on activities other than one's primary goal.
Figuratively, a fragment of space.
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