- 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.
Origin of interstice
1595–1605; < Latin interstitium, equivalent to interstit-, variant stem of intersistere to stand or put between + -ium -ium
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Examples from the Web for interstices
And it is here, in the interstices between the law and morality, that the pressure for reform starts to build up irresistibly.The Irrefutable Moral Case Against Goldman
April 19, 2010
They pressed their ears to the interstices, listening for the sound of a groan, for a sigh of pain.A Set of Six
His home was but a cabin of logs, with the interstices stuffed with moss.
The interstices between the logs were filled with moss or clay.Daniel Boone
John S. C. Abbott
The interstices of these are also filled up with the same membrane.Life And Adventures Of Peter Wilkins, Vol. I. (of II.)
They could easily have slipped into the interstices of the broken pan and not have been observed by him.From Sand Hill to Pine
- a minute opening or crevice between things
- 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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Word Origin and History for interstices
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A small area, space, or hole in the substance of an organ or tissue.
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- 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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