Definition of interstice in English:



usually interstices
  • An intervening space, especially a very small one.

    ‘sunshine filtered through the interstices of the arching trees’
    • ‘The trick involves searching out the city's interstices, which exist in time as well as space.’
    • ‘Consequently, the abundant head scalids move forward, plow backward through the water and interstices surrounding the animal, and therefore propel the animal forward.’
    • ‘The iterative time of the future is a becoming-space where the ‘in-between’ becomes utterable, and can return and be reiterated in the interstices of the present.’
    • ‘He lives in this space, the interstices of the paternal name, like some Lacanian allegory.’
    • ‘As I have tried to suggest, with complex systems, it isn't so much the nodes that disappear unnoticed and unaccounted for, but the less tangible stuff that lies in the system's interstices.’
    • ‘Subjectivities of both the dominant and the dominated are produced in the interstices of these multiple, intersecting loci of power.’
    • ‘African youth are caught between challenging authoritarian regimes they inherited and relying on the patronage networks within the national structure and its local interstices.’
    • ‘All morning it's paper and people; all afternoon it's meetings I'd rather not attend; and in the interstices there are calls from students, colleagues, members of the community.’
    • ‘One of the energetic obstacles to membrane fusion is represented by the void interstices that form at the neck of the stalk.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, with all this traveling, my net access has been frustratingly erratic, and I've had frustratingly few of those little chunks of blogging time in the interstices of my schedule.’
    • ‘One always hopes that the ordering of poems in a book adds to their individual strength, breeding meaning in the interstices; but it is actually quite rare to see it in a first collection, as the poet is concentrating so much on specifics.’
    • ‘In other words, it seeks to understand de-temporalisation and de-spatialisation: interstices, gaps and fragments.’
    • ‘But for those who were alive before this hyperactive culture grew up around us, it was during those interstices of life's activities that we breathed, relaxed, observed, thought things over.’
    • ‘This would mean building, within these interstices, new landmarks for the transformative power of the erotic, a meetingplace where our deepest yearnings for different kinds of freedom can take shape and find rest.’
    • ‘It has also occultized and enigmatized itself in their image in order to open up and clear to the way to a particular void, to a certain non-sense - unlike the media which remains relentlessly bent on filling up all interstices.’
    • ‘Compressed in the foreground, the grid stretches or meanders across the surface as if it has all the time in the world, while from within its interstices the muted ground sparkles with a kind of inner life.’
    • ‘The settlers' amateur dramatic production inserts the relationship between the Irish and the Norwegians into the interstices of this Irish-Afro connection.’
    • ‘They appeared in mid-1989 precisely at the interstices of these two periods, at one of those liminal moments when new possibilities and alternative arrangements seem most readily available.’
    • ‘Sufficient space is left over in the interstices between the twelve balls, that they can roll around a bit on the surface of the central ball.’
    • ‘Thus the meetups create a truly public space that can exist at the interstices of an otherwise private and tightly scripted life.’
    space, gap, interval, aperture, opening, hole, cranny, crevice, chink, slit, slot, crack, breach, vent
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Late Middle English: from Latin interstitium, from intersistere ‘stand between’, from inter- ‘between’ + sistere ‘to stand’.