interstice


in·ter·stice

noun \in-ˈtər-stəs\

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

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

Full Definition of INTERSTICE

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
:  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

in·ter·stice

noun \in-ˈtər-stəs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural in·ter·stic·es \-stə-ˌsēz, -stə-səz\

Medical Definition of INTERSTICE

: a space between closely spaced things (as teeth)

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