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interstice

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noun in·ter·stice \in-ˈtər-stəs\

Simple Definition of interstice

  • : a small space that lies between things : a small break or gap in something

Full Definition of interstice

plural in·ter·stic·esplay \-stə-ˌsēz, -stə-səz\

  1. 1 a :  a space that intervenes between things; especially :  one between closely spaced things <interstices of a wall> b :  a gap or break in something generally continuous <the interstices of society> <passages of genuine literary merit in the interstices of the ludicrous … plots — Joyce Carol Oates>

  2. 2 :  a short space of time between events

Examples of interstice

  1. <there's an occasional interstice in the tedium, but most of the novel is boring>

  2. <pesky weeds growing in the interstices between the flagstones>



Origin of interstice

Middle English, from Latin interstitium, from inter- + -stit-, -stes standing (as in superstes standing over) — more at superstition


First Known Use: 15th century


Medical Dictionary

interstice

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noun in·ter·stice \in-ˈtər-stəs\

Medical Definition of interstice

plural in·ter·stic·es \-stə-ˌsēz, -stə-səz\play play

  1. :  a space between closely spaced things (as teeth)





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