Tuesday, 27 March 2012

word of the day:part twenty-seven | hiatus


hi·a·tus [haɪˈeɪtəs]

1. A gap or interruption in space, time, or continuity; a break.
2. (Linguistics).. slight pause that occurs when two immediately adjacent vowels in consecutive syllables are pronounced, as in reality and naive.
3. (Anatomy).. a separation, aperture, fissure, or short passage in an organ or body part.

[Latin hitus, from past participle of hire, to gape.]

hiatal | adj.
hi·a·tus·es or hiatus | pl

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