What does hiatus mean?

Definitions for hiatus
haɪˈeɪ təshia·tus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. suspension, respite, reprieve, hiatus, abatementnoun

    an interruption in the intensity or amount of something

  2. hiatusnoun

    a missing piece (as a gap in a manuscript)

  3. foramen, hiatusnoun

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


  1. hiatusnoun

    A gap in a series, making it incomplete.

  2. hiatusnoun

    A gap in geological strata.

  3. hiatusnoun

    An opening in an organ.

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

  4. hiatusnoun

    An interruption, break or pause.

  5. hiatusnoun

    A vacation, break from work.

    The band took a hiatus for three months.

  6. Etymology: From hiatus, from hio.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hiatusnoun

    Etymology: hiatus, Latin.

    Those hiatus’s are at the bottom of the sea, whereby the abyss below open into and communicates with it. John Woodward.

    The hiatus should be avoided with more care in poetry than in oratory; and I would try to prevent it, unless where the cutting it off is more prejudicial to the sound than the hiatus itself. Alexander Pope.


  1. hiatus

    A hiatus is a pause or break in continuity in a sequence or activity. It often refers to a period of time when someone does not do something they usually do, like work or an ongoing project. In phonetics, it refers to the occurrence of two adjacent vowel sounds in separate syllables. Additionally, in the field of medicine, it refers to a gap or opening in an organ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hiatus

    of Hiatus

  2. Hiatusnoun

    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. Hiatusnoun

    the concurrence of two vowels in two successive words or syllables

  4. Etymology: [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.]

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  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

Examples of hiatus in a Sentence

  1. Charles Krauthammer:

    That flocking and uniting and lighting up for the ‘[Trump] train’ I think is at least on hiatus and it makes some of those who got on the ‘train’ thinking twice, that, I think, is the lurking danger because unless he can unite the rest of the party and can get at least a kind of neutrality out of other leading Republicans, it's going to be hard.

  2. Bryan Singer:

    Bryan Singer is the credited director of the film, basically, Bryan had some personal issues going on. He wanted to hiatus the movie to deal with them, and the movie had to get finished. That was what it came down to… It wasn’t about reinventing the wheel. We needed someone who would have some creative freedom, but work inside a box.

  3. Scott McBride:

    As the lapse in appropriation continues, more than 55,000 Coast Guard active duty, reserve, and civilian employees will not receive monthly pay and benefits. In addition, the federal funding hiatus may affect the retired pay for 50,000 Coast Guard annuitants.

  4. Kevin Roberts:

    Mrs. Christie has decided to take a hiatus from her work in the finance world to spend more time with her family and young children, she recently resigned her position as a managing director at Angelo Gordon.

  5. Chief Executive Richard Howson:

    It's actually well timed ... the hiatus in awards from government gives us the breathing room to mobilise these contracts much more effectively this year, we fully expect in the fourth quarter to have clarity from the departments on their future programmes, a return to decision making and bidding for central government departments.

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