Meaning of hiatus


A temporary gap, pause, break, or absence can be called a hiatus. When your favorite TV show is on hiatus, that means there are no new episodes — not forever, just for a little while.

Even things that go on for a long time take a break once in a while: one kind of break is a hiatus. If someone has to leave her job for a time, she’s going on hiatus. A touring band will need to take a hiatus if the lead singer gets in an accident. The key thing about a hiatus is that it’s an interruption of something that was happening, but it’s not a permanent break.

Definitions of hiatus
  1. noun

    an interruption in the intensity or amount of something


    abatement, reprieve, respite, suspension

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    abatement of a fever as indicated by a reduction in body temperature
    remission, remittal, subsidence

    an abatement in intensity or degree (as in the manifestations of a disease)

    the subsidence of swelling or other signs of inflammation (especially in a lung)
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    break, interruption

    some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity

  2. noun

    a missing piece (as a gap in a manuscript)

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    an artistic or literary composition

  3. noun

    a natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure



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    Monro’s foramen, foramen of Monro, interventricular foramen

    the small opening (on both the right and left sides) that connects the third ventricle in the diencephalon with the lateral ventricle in the cerebral hemisphere
    foramen magnum

    the large opening at the base of the cranium through which the spinal cord passes
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    gap, opening

    an open or empty space in or between things

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