noun (plural hiatuses)[usually in singular]
1A pause or break in continuity in a sequence or activity: there was a brief hiatus in the war with France
More example sentences
- The bombing raids were resumed after a brief hiatus on Friday.
- Apologies for the brief hiatus in commentary, as I watch Wayne Rooney score England's third.
- After a brief hiatus he put a new band together and came out of the recording studio with this collection of songs.
pause, break, interval, interruption, suspension, intermission, interlude, gap, lacuna, lull, rest, respite, breathing space, time out;
North American recess
informal breather, let-up
Mid 16th century (originally denoting a physical gap): from Latin, literally 'gaping', from hiare 'gape'.
Words that rhyme with hiatusapparatus, Donatus, status
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Line breaks: hia¦tus
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