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.

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. 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.

  2. Ram Ben-Barak:

    The Americans are satisfied because, in their thinking, diplomacy succeeded. But we are very, very worried and the Gulf countries are very, very worried and it is absolutely clear to everyone that this hiatus is utterly temporary.

  3. Richard Slark:

    I believe we are looking at a 2-3 year hiatus in those large-scale energy projects where financing would be international.

  4. 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.

  5. Idris Elba:

    It's ironic that I've definitely reached a pinnacle in my acting space, which is amazing, but it means that I can't really take time out to concentrate on music, but next year, the whole of the spring through April, is dedicated to touring and putting out this Hiatus album alongside a string of tours.

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