Wednesday, May 28, 2003
interstice noun [in-TUR-stuhs] A space between things or parts, especially a space between things closely set; a narrow chink; a crack; a crevice; an interval.
Definitions for interstice
- A space between things or parts, especially a space between things closely set; a narrow chink; a crack; a crevice; an interval.
- An interval of time.
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Citations for interstice
Out in the harbor, boats are gridlocked: who knows how they got there, or how they will get away? The filthy water is barely visible in the interstices of smokestack, hull, and sail.
The raw material from which the Cote d'Azur was conjured was a narrow strip of seaside, no more than 125 miles long, a brief but brilliantly illuminated interstice between the Mediterranean and three mountain ranges.
Origin of interstice
Interstice is from Late Latin interstitium, "a pause, an interval," from Latin intersistere, "to stand still in the middle of something," from inter, "between" + sistere, "to cause to stand."