Definitions for hiatushaɪˈeɪ təs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hi•a•tushaɪˈeɪ təs(n.)(pl.)-tus•es, -tus.

  1. a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc.

  2. a missing part; gap or lacuna.

  3. any gap or opening.

  4. the coming together, with or without a break or slight pause, of two adjacent vowels in different syllables, as in

    see easily.

    Category: Grammar, Prosody

  5. a natural fissure, cleft, or foramen in a bone or other structure.

    Category: Anatomy

Origin of hiatus:

1555–65; < L hiātus opening, gap =hiā(re) to gape, open +-tus suffix of v. action

Princeton's WordNet

  1. suspension, respite, reprieve, hiatus, abatement(noun)

    an interruption in the intensity or amount of something

  2. hiatus(noun)

    a missing piece (as a gap in a manuscript)

  3. foramen, hiatus(noun)

    a natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure

Wiktionary

  1. hiatus(Noun)

    A gap in a series, making it incomplete.

  2. hiatus(Noun)

    A gap in geological strata.

  3. hiatus(Noun)

    An opening in an organ.

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

  4. hiatus(Noun)

    An interruption, break or pause.

  5. hiatus(Noun)

    A vacation, break from work.

    The band took a hiatus for three months.

  6. Origin: From hiatus, from hio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hiatus

    of Hiatus

  2. Hiatus(noun)

    an opening; an aperture; a gap; a chasm; esp., a defect in a manuscript, where some part is lost or effaced; a space where something is wanting; a break

  3. Hiatus(noun)

    the concurrence of two vowels in two successive words or syllables

Freebase

  1. Hiatus

    In phonology, hiatus or diaeresis refers to two vowel sounds occurring in adjacent syllables, with no intervening consonant. When two adjacent vowel sounds occur in the same syllable, the result is instead described as a diphthong. The English words hiatus and diaeresis themselves contain a hiatus between the first and second syllables.

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