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Definition a gap in time (when there is no or less activity)

Much less commonly, hiatus can have these specialized meanings:
  • linguistics:  the pause when adjacent vowels are in adjacent syllables — as in reality
  • anatomy:  an opening, gap, or split — such as the aortic hiatus or a hiatal hernia
  • After a four-month hiatus, Days of Our Lives resumed production.
hiatus = gap in time when activity stopped
  • She took a nine-month hiatus from performing, so she could concentrate on writing new songs.
  • hiatus = gap in time
  • 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
  • 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
  • hiatus = gap in time without activity
  • 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
  • hiatus = gap in time without activity
  • She filled up the hiatus his silence left by a reply of her own.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • hiatus = gap in time without activity
  • 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
  • hiatus = gap in time without activity
  • 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
  • But with their early loss, the forfeits during the hiatus, the losses since, and a total of eight penalty points against the team for red cards at various points along the way, the Under 15 Fugees faced the prospect of finishing dead last in the league, unless they could manage a big win on this day.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • hiatus = gap in time without activity
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • The hiatus had lasted little more than a year.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire

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