2. A slight pause occurring when two adjacent vowels in consecutive syllables are pronounced, as in "duality": In Voni's English class she learned that the terms "naive" and "cooperate" were two good examples of hiatuses.
3. In anatomy, a separation, aperture, fissure, or short passage in an organ or a body part: The spinal cord passes through the hiatus, a large opening called the foramen magnum, which is located at the base of the cranium.
4. In printing, a space where something is missing; especially, in manuscripts: The scholars detected a hiatus, or a lost passage in the medieval writings which they were trying to transcribe.
5. Etymology: from Latin hiatus, "opening, rupture, gap", from hiare, "to gape, to stand open"; "a break or opening in a material object".
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2. A period of time when something; such as, an activity or program, is stopped: The musical group is making a new album after a ten-year hiatus.
The comedian put her show on hiatus for a several weeks until she gave birth to her baby girl.
Latin quietus est; literally means, "he is at rest"; also, quieta non movere means, not to disturb quiet things or let sleeping dogs lie.
During the vacation hiatus between September in the fall and June in the spring, there is a quietus of activity at the recreation center.