• WordNet 3.6
    • n interstice small opening between things
    • n interstice a small structural space between tissues or parts of an organ "the interstices of a network"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Interstice 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. "Nonobservance of the interstices . . . is a sin."
    • Interstice 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; as, the interstices of a wall.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n interstice An intervening space; an opening; especially, a small or narrow space between apposed surfaces or things; a gap, chink, slit, crevice, or cranny.
    • n interstice In canon law, the interval of time required for promotion from a lower to a higher degree of orders.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Interstice in′tėr-stis or in-tėr′stis a small space between things closely set, or between the parts which compose a body
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. interstitium, a pause, interval; inter, between + sistere, to set, fr. stare, to stand: cf. F. interstice,. See Stand
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—inter, between, sistĕre, stitum, to stand.


In literature:

Clay is to be considered as a spongy body, having many interstices or pores, from its having contained water when soft.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
In the network thus produced, any kind of dots may be put in the severally shaped interstices.
"Ariadne Florentina" by John Ruskin
The interstices between the logs are chinked with strips of wood and daubed with mortar both outside and in.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
The weapon fell from his relaxed clutch; and passing through the interstices of the timber, sank to the bottom of the sea!
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
An interstice left open between the two flaps permitted a fall view of the interior.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
Terra-cotta cones inscribed with prayers had been thrown into the interstices.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
True percolation means to drip through fine interstices of china or metal.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
The gills are pure white, unequal, some of them forked, adnate, the interstices venulose.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
There seemed to be no interstice, no crevice into which he might insert the keen probe of his marvelous deductive power.
"The Crevice" by William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
The house was not built of adobe, as are most Mexican huts, but of stones, with the interstices plastered with mud.
"Out on the Pampas" by G. A. Henty

In news:

The story the book has to tell, of the formation of a soul and a sensibility, is slyly concealed within the interstices of a set of other stories, other lives, other pasts.
Stress has begun to create structural failures in the interstices but, as yet, has produced only surface cracks on the social facade.

In science:

These added disks give rise to three smaller interstices, which will be filled in the next generation.
Walks on Apollonian networks
For each new node added to a certain triangle (corresponding to the curvilineartriangle interstice), the three vertices are linked to, and three new triangles are created in the network, into which nodes will be inserted in the next generation.
Walks on Apollonian networks
The proof is given in Section 2.2 and consists in showing that the interstices of the half-flower packing have bounded geometry.
On the Riemann surface type of Random Planar Maps
The interstice If of a triangular face f with vertices (v1 , v2 , v3 ) is the equilateral sub-triangle whose vertices are the midpoints of the edges, see Figure 2.
On the Riemann surface type of Random Planar Maps
The interstices and the half-flowers form a decomposition of the surface.
On the Riemann surface type of Random Planar Maps