noun, plural interstices [in-tur-stuh-seez, -stuh-siz] .
an intervening space.
a small or narrow space or interval between things or parts, especially when one of a series of alternating uniform spaces and parts: the interstices between the slats of a fence.
Roman Catholic Church. the interval of time that must elapse, as required by canon law, before promotion to a higher degree of orders.
an interval of time.

1595–1605; < Latin interstitium, equivalent to interstit-, variant stem of intersistere to stand or put between + -ium -ium

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interstice (ɪnˈtɜːstɪs)
1.  a minute opening or crevice between things
2.  physics the space between adjacent atoms in a crystal lattice
[C17: from Latin interstitium interval, from intersistere, from inter- + sistere to stand]

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c.1600, from L. interstitium "interval," lit. "space between," from inter- "between" + stem of stare "to stand" (see stet).
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interstice in·ter·stice (ĭn-tûr'stĭs)
n. pl. in·ter·stic·es (-stĭ-sēz', -sĭz)
A small area, space, or hole in the substance of an organ or tissue.

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interstice   (ĭn-tûr'stĭs)  Pronunciation Key 
An opening or space, especially a small or narrow one between mineral grains in a rock or within sediments or soil.
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Example sentences
The interstice in question follows one of the original novel's crucial scenes.
Visually inspect the interstice of double-walled tanks for water.
The vapors from the gasoline storage tank are returned via the interstice surrounding the fill tube.
And the interstice between dependent and independent language learners should be recognized and respected by the teacher.
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