Definitions for hiatushaɪˈeɪ təs
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
hi•a•tushaɪˈeɪ təs(n.)(pl.)-tus•es, -tus.
a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc.
a missing part; gap or lacuna.
any gap or opening.
the coming together, with or without a break or slight pause, of two adjacent vowels in different syllables, as in
Category: Grammar, Prosody
a natural fissure, cleft, or foramen in a bone or other structure.
Origin of hiatus:
1555–65; < L hiātus opening, gap =hiā(re) to gape, open +-tus suffix of v. action
suspension, respite, reprieve, hiatus, abatement(noun)
an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
a missing piece (as a gap in a manuscript)
a natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure
A gap in a series, making it incomplete.
A gap in geological strata.
An opening in an organ.
Hiatus aorticus is an opening in the diaphragm through which aorta and thoracic duct pass.
An interruption, break or pause.
A vacation, break from work.
The band took a hiatus for three months.
Origin: From hiatus, from hio.
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
the concurrence of two vowels in two successive words or syllables