hiatus
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /haɪˈeɪtəs/
Noun

hiatus

  1. A gap in a series, making it incomplete.
  2. An interruption, break or pause.
  3. An unexpected break from work.
    Twenty one pilots’ hiatus seems like it‘s never going to end.
  4. (geology) A gap in geological strata.
  5. (anatomy) An opening in an organ.
    Hiatus aorticus is an opening in the diaphragm through which aorta and thoracic duct pass.
  6. (linguistics, uncountable) A syllable break between two vowels, without an intervening consonant. (Compare diphthong.)
    Words like reality and naïve contain vowels in hiatus.
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