interstice (plural interstices)
- 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.
- (figuratively) A fragment of space.
2013 August 14, Simon Jenkins, “Gibraltar and the Falklands deny the logic of history”, in The Guardian, archived from the original on 10 August 2014:
- Relics of the British empire now mostly survive in the interstices of the global economy. They are the major winners from the fiscal haemorrhage that has resulted from financial globalisation.
- An interval of time required by the Roman Catholic Church between the attainment of different degrees of an order.
- (by extension) A small interval of time free to be spent on activities other than one's primary goal.
- For usage examples of this term, see Citations:interstice.
small opening or space
fragment of space
Roman Catholicism: interval between attainment of different degrees of an order
small interval of time
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- interstice in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- interstice in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911