AskDefine | Define hiatus

Dictionary Definition



1 an interruption in the intensity or amount of something [syn: suspension, respite, reprieve, abatement]
2 a missing piece (as a gap in a manuscript)
3 a natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure [syn: foramen]

User Contributed Dictionary



hiatus#Latin, from hio#Latin.


  • /haɪˈeɪtəs/, /haI"eIt@s/
  • Rhymes: -eɪtəs


  1. A break or pause.
  2. A gap in a series, making it incomplete.
    1. A syllable break between two vowels, without an intervening consonant. (Compare diphthong.)
    2. The condition of having such a break.
      Words like reality and naïve contain vowels in hiatus.
  3. A gap in geological strata.
  4. A fissure in a bone.
  5. A small difference in pitch between two musical tones.
  6. A vacation.



A break or pause
  • Finnish: tauko, keskeytys
  • German: Lücke
  • Greek: παύση (páfsi)
  • Japanese: 中断 (ちゅうだん, chūdan)
  • Russian: перерыв
  • Spanish: pausa
A gap in a series, making it incomplete
A syllable break between two vowels, without an intervening consonant
The condition of having such a break
A gap in geological strata
  • Spanish: hiato
A fissure in a bone
  • Russian: трещина, надлом
  • Spanish: hiato
A small difference in pitch between two musical tones
  • Spanish: hiato
A vacation
  • Finnish: loma
  • Spanish: vacaciones, descanso

Extensive Definition

Hiatus may refer to:
hiatus in Catalan: Hiat
hiatus in German: Hiatus
hiatus in Spanish: Hiato
hiatus in Esperanto: Hiato
hiatus in French: Hiatus
hiatus in Galician: Hiato
hiatus in Dutch: Hiaat
hiatus in Polish: Hiatus
hiatus in Russian: Зияние
hiatus in Slovak: Hiát

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

aperture, arrearage, breach, break, broaching, caesura, cavity, cessation, chasm, check, clearance, clearing, cleft, crack, defalcation, defect, deficiency, deficit, disclosure, discontinuity, distance between, double space, em space, en space, fenestra, fissure, fistula, fontanel, foramen, freeboard, gap, gape, gat, gulf, hair space, half space, hole, hollow, inlet, interim, intermediate space, intermission, interruption, interspace, interstice, interval, jump, lack, lacuna, laying open, leak, leap, leeway, letup, lull, margin, missing link, need, omission, opening, opening up, orifice, outage, outlet, passageway, pause, pore, room, shortage, single space, slot, space, space between, split, stoma, suspension, throwing open, time interval, ullage, uncorking, unstopping, want, wantage, yawn
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