Hypertext Webster Gateway: "interstice"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Interstice \In*ter"stice\ (?; 277), n.; pl. {Interstices}. [L.
interstitium a pause, interval; inter between + sistere to
set, fr. stare to stand: cf. F. interstice. See {Stand}.]
1. 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

2. 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.
--Addis &

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a small structural space between tissues or parts of an
organ: "the interstices of a network"
2: small opening between things

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