lacuna

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noun la·cu·na \lə-ˈkü-nə, -ˈkyü-\

Definition of lacuna

plural

lacunae

play \-ˈkyü-(ˌ)nē, -ˈkü-ˌnī\ also

lacunas

play \-ˈkü-nəz, -ˈkyü-\
  1. 1 :  a blank space or a missing part :  gap <the evident lacunae in his story — Shirley Hazzard>; also :  deficiency 1 <despite all these lacunae, those reforms were a vast improvement — New Republic>

  2. 2 :  a small cavity, pit, or discontinuity in an anatomical structure

lacunar

play \-ˈkü-nər, -ˈkyü-\ less commonly

lacunate

play \lə-ˈkü-nət, -ˈkyü-, -ˌnāt; ˈla-kyə-ˌnāt\ adjective

Examples of lacuna in a sentence

  1. She found a lacuna in the historical record.

  2. <attributes many of the nation's problems to a lacuna of leadership at the top>

Did You Know?

Exploring the etymology of lacuna involves taking a plunge into the pit - or maybe a leap into the "lacus" (that's the Latin word for "lake"). Latin speakers modified "lacus" into "lacuna," and used it to mean "pit," "cleft," or "pool." English speakers borrowed the term in the 17th century. Another English word that traces its origin to "lacuna" is "lagoon," which came to us by way of Italian and French.

Origin and Etymology of lacuna

Latin, pool, pit, gap — more at lagoon


First Known Use: 1652


LACUNA Defined for English Language Learners

lacuna

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noun la·cu·na \lə-ˈkü-nə, -ˈkyü-\

Definition of lacuna for English Language Learners

  • : a gap or blank space in something : a missing part


Medical Dictionary

lacuna

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noun la·cu·na \lə-ˈk(y)ü-nə\

Medical Definition of lacuna

plural

lacunae

\-ˈkyü-(ˌ)nē, -ˈkü-ˌnī\play play
  1. :  a small cavity, pit, or discontinuity in an anatomical structure: asa:  one of the follicles in the mucous membrane of the urethrab:  one of the minute cavities in bone or cartilage occupied by the osteocytes

lacunar

\-ˈk(y)ü-nər\play play adjective

Illustration of lacuna



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