[syn: foramen, hiatus]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Hiatus \Hi*a"tus\, n.; pl. L. Hiatus, E. Hiatuses. [L., fr.
hiare, hiatum, to gape; akin to E. yawn. See Yawn.]
1. An opening; an aperture; a gap; a chasm; esp., a defect in
a manuscript, where some part is lost or effaced; a space
where something is wanting; a break.
2. (Gram.) The concurrence of two vowels in two successive
words or syllables. --Pope.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
84 Moby Thesaurus words for "hiatus":
aperture, arrearage, breach, break, broaching, caesura, cavity,
cessation, chasm, check, clearance, clearing, cleft, crack,
defalcation, defect, deficiency, deficit, disclosure,
discontinuity, distance between, double space, em space, en space,
fenestra, fissure, fistula, fontanel, foramen, freeboard, gap,
gape, gat, gulf, hair space, half space, hole, hollow, inlet,
interim, intermediate space, intermission, interruption,
interspace, interstice, interval, jump, lack, lacuna, laying open,
leak, leap, leeway, letup, lull, margin, missing link, need,
omission, opening, opening up, orifice, outage, outlet, passageway,
pause, pore, room, shortage, single space, slot, space,
space between, split, stoma, suspension, throwing open,
time interval, ullage, uncorking, unstopping, want, wantage,