What does hiatus mean?

Definitions for hiatushaɪˈeɪ təs

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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


  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

  4. Origin: [L., fr. hiare, hiatum, to gape; akin to E. yawn. See Yawn.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hiatus

    hī-ā′tus, n. a gap: an opening: a chasm: a break in continuity, a defect: (gram.) a concurrence of vowel sounds in two successive syllables. [L.,—hiāre, hiātum, to gape.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hiatus in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hiatus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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