A Word A Day : Hiatus
8th August 2007... Today's Word : Hiatus
( Noun )
Pronunciation : (hi-a'tes)
1. A gap or interruption in space, time, or continuity
2. A slight pause that occurs when two immediately adjacent vowels in consecutive syllables are pronounced
3. Short passage in an organ or body part
4. An interval during which continuity is suspended
5. Any gap or omission in a sentence, verse or logical argument
Latin hiātus, from past participle of hiāre, to gape
• We are likely to be disconcerted by hiatuses
• They took a brief hiatus
during the conference to discuss an important side issue.
• Spencer looked forward to spring break as a welcome hiatus
from the rigors of campus parties.
• Scholars attempted to account for the hiatus
in the medieval manuscript.
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