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HIATUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does hiatus mean? 

HIATUS (noun)
  The noun HIATUS has 3 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: HIATUS used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


HIATUS (noun)


Sense 1hiatus [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An interruption in the intensity or amount of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

abatement; hiatus; reprieve; respite; suspension

Hypernyms ("hiatus" is a kind of...):

break; interruption (some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "hiatus"):

defervescence (abatement of a fever as indicated by a reduction in body temperature)

remission; remittal; subsidence (an abatement in intensity or degree (as in the manifestations of a disease))


Sense 2hiatus [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A missing piece (as a gap in a manuscript)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("hiatus" is a kind of...):

piece (an artistic or literary composition)


Sense 3hiatus [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

foramen; hiatus

Hypernyms ("hiatus" is a kind of...):

gap; opening (an open or empty space in or between things)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "hiatus"):

foramen of Monro; interventricular foramen; Monro's foramen (the small opening (on both the right and left sides) that connects the third ventricle in the diencephalon with the lateral ventricle in the cerebral hemisphere)

foramen magnum (the large opening at the base of the cranium through which the spinal cord passes)


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