from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A space, especially a small or narrow one, between things or parts: "There is a gleam of luminous gold, where the sinking western sun has found a first direct interstice in the clouds” ( John Fowles).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small opening or space between objects, especially adjacent objects or objects set closely together, as between cords in a rope or components of a multiconductor electrical cable or between atoms in a crystal.
- n. An interval of time required by the Roman Catholic Church between the attainment of different degrees of an order.
- n. By extension, a small interval of time free to be spent on activities other than one's primary goal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That which intervenes between one thing and another; especially, a space between things closely set, or between the parts which compose a body; a narrow chink; a crack; a crevice; a hole; an interval.
- n. An interval of time; specifically (R. C. Ch.), in the plural, the intervals which the canon law requires between the reception of the various degrees of orders.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An intervening space; an opening; especially, a small or narrow space between apposed surfaces or things; a gap, chink, slit, crevice, or cranny.
- n. In canon law, the interval of time required for promotion from a lower to a higher degree of orders.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small structural space between tissues or parts of an organ
- n. small opening between things
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin interstitium, from *interstitus, past participle of intersistere, to pause, make a break : inter-, inter- + sistere, to cause to stand, set up; see stā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)