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Definition an interruption in the intensity or amount of something; or a gap
  • 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
hiatus = gap in time
  • Since Max's arrival, there had been a considerable hiatus in the reading practice of Liesel and her papa.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • hiatus = gap in time
  • 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
  • Here is a considerable hiatus, Mr. Balfour, of near upon two months.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • This crevice, the hiatus of a gulf of mire, was called a fontis, in the special tongue.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Honestly, it felt good to be commanding men after this thirteen-month hiatus in the other reality.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Not a long hiatus, but then they hadn't been going on that long in the first place.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • He viewed it with as much pleasure almost as though there had never been any hiatus at all.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • I ask your pardon, I fancy there is hiatus in manuscriptis.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • The hiatus had lasted little more than a year.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • 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
  • I can't simply put that into hiatus while I speculate on my chances of getting a manuscript published.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • 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
  • Construction took another year, with the usual hiatus for winter.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • 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
  • 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

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