- 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 lacuna
The critique extends into nearly every little crevice and lacuna of our civic life.Who Are the Judicial Activists Now?
October 7, 2014
The record of the first appears likely to be lost in the lacuna of 934 AH.The Bbur-nma in English
Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
This essay is an attempt to fill in a small part of the lacuna.
Here there is a lacuna of sixteen short lines in the inscription.
In this variant of the story, which we may use as our text, it is to be noticed that a lacuna exists.Custom and Myth
This stanza being incomplete, I think, the lacuna is to be put after l. 838.Torrent of Portyngale
- 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 lacuna
"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