- a gap or missing part, as in a manuscript, series, or logical argument; hiatus.
- Anatomy. one of the numerous minute cavities in the substance of bone, supposed to contain nucleate cells.
- Botany. an air space in the cellular tissue of plants.
Origin of lacuna
Examples from the Web for lacunae
Therefore the lacunae I've undertaken to fill out are the national wants.The Tragic Muse
But even conventions which designedly are full of lacunae have their value.The Future of International Law
We must also not forget that there are lacunae in the childs comprehension of what it perceives.Criminal Psychology
Apellicon filled in the lacunae, and brought out a new, but faulty, edition.
These errors and these lacunae are serious, however they originate, as the public is beginning to realise.The Forerunners
- a gap or space, esp in a book or manuscript
- biology a cavity or depression, such as any of the spaces in the matrix of bone
- another name for coffer (def. 3)
Word Origin and History for lacunae
plural of lacuna (q.v.).
"blank or missing portion in a manuscript," 1660s, from Latin lacuna "hole, pit," diminutive of lacus "pond, lake" (see lake (n.1)). The Latin plural is lacunae. Related: Lacunal; lacunar; lacunose.
- An anatomical cavity, space, or depression, especially in a bone.
- An empty space or a missing part; a gap; a defect.
- An abnormal space between the strata or between the cellular elements of the epidermis.
- corneal space