Friday, 7 August 2009

Hiatus - Word of the Day

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hiatus (plural hiatus or hiatuses)

  1. A gap in a series, making it incomplete.
  2. (linguistics)
    1. A syllable break between two vowels, without an intervening consonant. (Compare dipthong.)
    2. The condition of having such a break.
      Words like reality and naïve contain vowels in hiatus.
  3. A gap in geological strata.
  4. (anatomy) An opening in an organ.
    Hiatus aorticus is an opening in the diaphragm through which aorta and thoracic duct pass.
  5. An interruption, break of pause.
  6. A vacation, break from work. Definition by Wiktionary.org

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