Definition of lacuna in English:


nounPlural lacunae, Plural lacunas

  • 1An unfilled space; a gap.

    ‘the journal has filled a lacuna in Middle Eastern studies’
    • ‘Nevertheless, whatever the terminology employed, the fact remains that gaps or lacunae have been filled by resort to those principles.’
    • ‘Fill the lacunae in your inspiration by tidily copying out what you have already written.’
    • ‘He has suggested that the time may now be ripe for the passage of a Council regulation to cope with the existing lacunae of Community law on state aids.’
    • ‘If the lacuna is to be filled, Parliament must do it, not the Courts.’
    • ‘Lance Hill's book is the first full account of the group and fills a major lacuna in the history of the era and the movement.’
    • ‘The new book by Don Coerver and Linda Hall, Tangled Destinies: Latin America and the United States will go a long way to fill this lacunae.’
    • ‘Despite this concern, the duo remain extremely adept at creating lacunae at the heart of their music, spaces into which you can project your own feelings and memories.’
    • ‘In order for some course of action to count as one of my alternatives, it must be a course of action that I would regard as possible even if all such mistakes had been corrected, and all the relevant lacunae in my knowledge filled.’
    • ‘In this provocative study, Newhauser fills a lacuna in historical scholarship even as he provides insight for the nonhistorian.’
    • ‘There are many lacunae in the existing laws of the land, he said.’
    • ‘Marg's new book is an attempt to fill the lacuna, and comes 25 years after an earlier study titled Homage to Jaipur.’
    • ‘The interesting thing with pattern, to take the metaphor of the weaving one step further, is that given an overview of a pattern we can fill in the lacunae, and at times we only need a fragment to apprehend the whole.’
    • ‘It is precisely in this area that the present study has attempted to fill an important lacuna in the research literature on abstinence-based pregnancy prevention programs.’
    • ‘However, this important work need not be justified on the basis of its filling a lacuna in past literature.’
    • ‘Thorne's work fills an obvious lacuna in British social history.’
    • ‘With many European metal bands not choosing to incorporate folkish melodies, there existed a lacuna waiting to be filled.’
    • ‘Wolf-Wendel and her colleagues fill an important lacuna in the literature, examining dual-career policies from the perspective of institutions and policy makers rather than the individuals who utilize them.’
    • ‘This reasoning in the Minister's speech, if it is legitimate to refer to it at all, does not show that the new section filled a lacuna in the previous statute.’
    • ‘Thus, divergent growth apparently prompted offsetting, in order for the coral to maintain the lacuna and occupy the space around it.’
    • ‘This volume, with contributions by some of the leading scholars in the field, seeks to fill in the lacunae in both areas.’
    gap, space, absence, lack, deficiency, blank
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    1. 1.1 A missing portion in a book or manuscript.
      • ‘From the preserved lines of the inscription in column III the length of the line can be established; the size of the lacunas are accordingly indicated in the text.’
      • ‘In her attempts to reconstruct her past Searle was confronted by the lacunae in the archives, which are mute on the histories of the disempowered: the stories of slaves and women who forego their names, are mostly absent.’
      • ‘Here are the prophetic calculations of this manuscript, with lacunae inserted within square brackets.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the only evidence that the inscription provides for identifying the father of Flavia Menandra is his gentilicium and a lacuna of nine or ten letters for his cognomen.’
      • ‘In fact, the book's lacunae are in some cases not inconsiderable.’
      • ‘The editorial file I examined has some obvious lacunae and is very thin on letters from Pynchon (someone probably filched them, alas).’
      • ‘Moreover, they have produced a body of poetry that is significantly midrashic, exploring the lacunae in biblical texts and developing poems that give voice to women like Sarah, Hagar, Dinah, and Lilith.’
      • ‘Gossett also addresses lacunas in the manuscript, suggesting that they may have involved some form of censorship (perhaps self-censorship).’
      • ‘It is to be hoped that any subsequent revision will address these lacunae.’
      • ‘Rather, this gap must be seen as a serious lacuna in the surviving texts, a gulf that will critically limit our analysis.’
      • ‘The finance ministry has set up a monitoring mechanism to make chartered accountants acting as auditors accountable for any lacunae in the tax audit reports submitted by an assessee.’
      • ‘Because of this lacuna, Frickenhaus posited that the text originally described the figure as being by Lysippos.’
      • ‘As often bedevils the translator's task there appears to be at least one lacuna in the extant text, but it was relatively painless to decipher.’
      • ‘Also like Mailer, his text is such a distillation of references and revelations that nearly every page has an asterisked lacuna; a story within a story which is frequently a gem.’
  • 2Anatomy
    A cavity or depression, especially in bone.

    • ‘Interestingly, the positive cells and associated debris were mainly located within lacunae, indicating that most lytically infected cells were phagocytosed by the infiltrated macrophages.’
    • ‘In some areas, the stromal cells appeared to reside within lacunae embedded in a hyalinized matrix, focally producing a remarkable similarity to chondroblastoma.’
    • ‘In the present study, we showed that lymphoma cells latently infected with EBV were abundant in all cases of African endemic BL, and their distribution was not associated with that of the lacunae.’
    • ‘Elastic fibers are often concentrated in the walls of lacunae, which house cartilage cells.’
    • ‘In case 2, urography showed a lacuna of the renal pelvis, and CT scan showed an irregular thickening of the renal pelvis.’
    hollow, indentation, dent, dint, cavity, concavity, dip, pit, hole, pothole, sink, sinkhole, excavation, trough, crater
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Mid 17th century: from Latin, ‘pool’, from lacus ‘lake’.