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The tremors were a first for him, and although he wanted to believe that it was because of the long hiatus, he knew the real reason.
Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  an interruption in the intensity or amount of something; or a gap
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hiatus hiatal hiatuses
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In medicine, "hiatus" references a natural opening or perforation through a bone or a membranous structure.
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  • The tremors were a first for him, and although he wanted to believe that it was because of the long hiatus, he knew the real reason.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • One of the qualitiq I have always admired is Renny’s unflinching forthrightness, more intimate than emotional, which the long hiatus in our friendship doesn’t seem to have dulled.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Never was ordinary conversation cleft by such hiatuses, such prolonged and unembarrassed moments of ruminant non-speech.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "Damn it," I said to Murtagh, as we hung over the rail for fresh air during a brief hiatus in the unpleasantness belowdecks, "if he knows he’s seasick, why in the name of God did he insist on a boat?"
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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  • They decide they will travel that summer, when school is out for Eric and Pari can take a brief hiatus from her Ph.D. work.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • I should hasten to admit, however, that there was a considerable hiatus between the first stolen book and the second.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • After their big win in their first game back after Luma’s enforced hiatus, the 15s had lost 4–1 to a middle-of-the-pack team.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • There came a pause, a hiatus, the pig continued to scream and the creepers to jerk, and the blade continued to flash at the end of a bony arm.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • They stand in rigid terrific hiatus, the horse trembling and groaning.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • Bessie supplied the hiatus by a homily of an hour’s length, in which she proved beyond a doubt that I was the most wicked and abandoned child ever reared under a roof.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre

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  • The two of them crouched by the hold a moment longer in a shared hiatus from their work.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • It fit what they knew of him, his persistent phone calls, his obsession with the neighbor, and Detective Fenerman having visited that same day to tell my parents that for all intents and purposes my murder investigation had entered a sort of hiatus.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • The late George Docking, Governor of Kansas from1957 through 1060, was responsible for this hiatus, for he was unreservedly opposed to the death penalty ("I just don’t like killing people").
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • This crevice, the hiatus of a gulf of mire, was called a fontis, in the CHAPTER V. IN THE CASE OF SAND AS IN THAT OF WOMAN, THERE IS A FINENESS WHICH IS TREACHEROUS 880 special tongue.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • There was a feeling about her of clots and roadblocks rather than welcoming orifices or even open spaces, areas of hiatus.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • For an instant Ben sat in an utter hiatus.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • Slowly, my left hand patting Schwarz to encourage a hiatus in her meowing, I worked the top off my drum with my right hand.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • There were still hiatuses for her in Mrs. Struthers’s past.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • She took advantage of the hiatus of his convalescence to reproach him for his passivity as he waited for the answer to his letter.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Here is a considerable hiatus, Mr. Balfour, of near upon two months.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • Not a long hiatus, but then they hadn’t been going on that long in the first place.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • When the construction of the Red October was restarted after a two-year hiatus, Ramius knew that he would command her.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Anyway it got him back to the cabin, where the two of them left the car and approached the cabin door, beyond which the lamp still burned: for that interval he ran in the final hiatus of peace before the blow fell and the clawed thing overtook him from behind.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • I ask your pardon, I fancy there is hiatus in manuscriptis.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • He viewed it with as much pleasure almost as though there had never been any hiatus at all.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • The hiatus had lasted little more than a year.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • When he saw a woman in her clothes, he could naturally imagine more or less what she would look like naked (his experience as a doctor supplementing his experience as a lover), but between the approximation of the idea and the precision of reality there was a small gap of the unimaginable, and it was this hiatus that gave him no rest.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • …unbending detached gentleness more discouraging than the fierce ruthless constant guardianship of the negress who, with a son of invincible spurious humility slept on a pallet on the floor, the child lying there between them unasleep in some hiatus of passive and hopeless despair aware of this, aware of the woman on the bed whose every look and action toward him, whose every touch of the capable hands seemed at the moment of touching his body to lose all warmth and become imbued with…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Construction took another year, with the usual hiatus for winter.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Honestly, it felt good to be commanding men after this thirteen-month hiatus in the other reality.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • I can’t simply put that into hiatus while I speculate on my chances of getting a manuscript published.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • It just went on hiatus.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • She doesn’t know that his hiatus from the stage was extended by his maniacal commitment to kidnapping Lincoln.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • After a two-week hiatus, duck hunting commenced again on December 15, 2012, and lasted forty-four days, until January 27.
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • IT WAS DURING this hiatus of activity in the room that the firstborn, the one who’d been spared a skull puncture, signaled its presence.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • But three weeks ago his hiatus had been dramatically interrupted by a single photograph, like a flash grenade that had been dropped into his world.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • In all reflection about it heretofore there had been one hiatus which he had not been able to bridge or fill up—one so broad he could see but vaguely to the other side of it.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • He was no longer an interval or hiatus, he was a patient; he, too, was questioned, instead of being left lying there to his own devices, as he had been every day until now—much to his slight and secret annoyance.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Separation had become a burden they must bear once again, and again an extended correspondence resumed, after a hiatus of nearly nine years, one letter following another, back and forth between Quincy and Philadelphia, week upon week.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Then he came out sheepishly before John Dorsey on the school veranda, fingering his tin sword and looking somewhat doubtfully at his pink silk hose which came three quarters up his skinny shanks, and left exposed, below his doublet, a six-inch hiatus of raw thigh.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • I makes ’cause as whist as fishes; and if one on ’cause begins and gives a yelp, why,—" and Mr. Loker brought down his fist with a thump that fully explained the hiatus.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Hiatus.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • About ten o’clock Wyland left us for a moment to speak to someone at a table nearby, and Rutherford, into the sudden hiatus of talk, remarked: "Oh, by the way, you mentioned Baskul just now.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • He’d heard the announcer talking about his injury and subsequent hiatus as he was getting ready in the chute.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Within the day of stumbling across the girl, Alvin knew that his hiatus was over.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • Since Max’s arrival, there had been a considerable hiatus in the reading practice of Liesel and her papa.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • This hiatus was prescribed by regulation in any case—except that one normally returned to college after a few years in order to conclude the seven-year course of instruction.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The word which defined it was catatonia, but what frightened him had no such precise word , it was, rather, a vague comparison: in that moment he thought that her thoughts had become much as he had imagined her physical self: solid, fibrous, unchannelled, with no places of hiatus.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • She filled up the hiatus his silence left by a reply of her own.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Despite all the off-the-field trouble, they had had their moments: the big win after their hiatus, and a 1–1 tie against the best team in their division.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
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