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Meaning of HIATUS

Pronunciation:  hI'eytus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure
  2. [n]  a missing piece (as a gap in a manuscript)
  3. [n]  an interruption in the intensity or amount of something

HIATUS is a 6 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: abatement, foramen, reprieve, respite, suspension
 See Also: break, defervescence, foramen magnum, foramen of Monro, gap, interruption, interventricular foramen, Monro's foramen, opening, piece, remission, remittal, subsidence



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Hi*a"tus\, n.; pl. L. {Hiatus}, E. {Hiatuses}. [L., fr.
hiare, hiatum, to gape; akin to E. yawn. See {Yawn}.]
1. An opening; an aperture; a gap; a chasm; esp., a defect in
   a manuscript, where some part is lost or effaced; a space
   where something is wanting; a break.

2. (Gram.) The concurrence of two vowels in two successive
   words or syllables. --Pope.

Thesaurus Terms
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