AskDefine | Define interstice

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1 a small structural space between tissues or parts of an organ; "the interstices of a network"
2 small opening between things

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  1. (noun form very rare): a small opening or space between objects, especially adjacent objects or objects set closely together, as between cords in a rope or components of a multiconductor electrical cable or between atoms in a crystal. "The part that is not there."
    • 1999 That he ran the risk of blowing out the stained-glass windows was of no consequence since no one liked them anyway, and the paper mill fumes were gnawing at the interstitial lead. - Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon.
  2. an interval of time required by the Roman Catholic Church between the attainment of different degrees of an order.

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Extensive Definition

Interstitial may refer to:
  • Interstitial program, short television programming which is often shown between movies or other events
  • Interstitial defect, a variety of crystallographic defects
  • interstitial atom, an atom outside crystallographic lattice
  • Interstitial fluid, a solution which bathes and surrounds the cells of multicellular animals
  • Interstitial webpage, a web page that is displayed before an expected content page, often to display advertisements or confirm the user's age
  • Interstitial art, any work of art whose basic nature falls between, rather than within, the familiar boundaries of accepted genres or media
Meaning : In the middle of

See also

interstice in German: Interstitial
interstice in Spanish: Intersticio

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

caesura, clearance, discontinuity, distance between, double space, em space, en space, freeboard, hair space, half space, hiatus, interim, intermediate space, interruption, interspace, interval, jump, lacuna, leap, leeway, margin, room, single space, space, space between, time interval
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