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hiatus

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noun hi·a·tus \hī-ˈā-təs\

Simple Definition of hiatus

  • : a period of time when something (such as an activity or program) is stopped

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hiatus

  1. 1 a :  a break in or as if in a material object :  gap <the hiatus between the theory and the practice of the party — J. G. Colton> b :  a gap or passage in an anatomical part or organ

  2. 2 a :  an interruption in time or continuity :  break; especially :  a period when something (as a program or activity) is suspended or interrupted <after a 5-year hiatus from writing> b :  the occurrence of two vowel sounds without pause or intervening consonantal sound

Examples of hiatus in a sentence

  1. The band is making an album again after a five-year hiatus.

  2. <steam was rising from an hiatus in the ground>



Did You Know?

Hiatus comes from "hiare," a Latin verb meaning "to gape" or "to yawn," and first appeared in English in the middle of the 16th century. Originally, the word referred to a gap or opening in something, such as a cave opening in a cliff. In the 18th century, Laurence Sterne used the word humorously in his novel Tristram Shandy, writing of "the hiatus in Phutatorius's breeches." These days, "hiatus" is usually used in a temporal sense to refer to a pause or interruption (as in a song), or a period during which an activity is temporarily suspended (such as a hiatus from teaching).

Origin and Etymology of hiatus

Latin, from hiare to yawn — more at yawn


First Known Use: 1563

Rhymes with hiatus


Medical Dictionary

hiatus

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noun hi·a·tus \hī-ˈāt-əs\

Medical Definition of hiatus

  1. :  a gap or passage through an anatomical part or organ; especially :  an opening through which another part or organ passes (such as the opening in the diaphragm through which the esophagus and vagus nerves pass)






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