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(high AY tuhs) (noun
1. A gap or interruption in space, time, or continuity; a break: Tracie took a brief hiatus
from her studying for the final examinations and made a pot of tea.
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.
(kwigh ee tuhs) (noun
A stillness or pause; something that results in a removal from an activity: Most schools in the U.S. have a quietus
, or pause, from the end of June to the beginning of September when classes become active again.
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.
quietus (kwigh EE tuhs) (s) (noun)
, quietuses (pl)
1. Something that has a calming or soothing effect: After years of working as a professor in his university, Dr. Gregory is looking forward to having a quietus
during his retirement with his wife.
2. A final discharge from life or entering death; that is, to die: At the age of 95, Samuel had a quietus
while he was sleeping.
3. Etymology: from Latin, quietus
, past participle of quiescere
, "to rest"; from quies
, "quiet, rest".
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