Definition of lacuna in English:



  • 1An unfilled space or interval; a gap.

    ‘the journal has filled a lacuna in Middle Eastern studies’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, whatever the terminology employed, the fact remains that gaps or lacunae have been filled by resort to those principles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In this provocative study, Newhauser fills a lacuna in historical scholarship even as he provides insight for the nonhistorian.’
    • ‘With many European metal bands not choosing to incorporate folkish melodies, there existed a lacuna waiting to be filled.’
    • ‘Marg's new book is an attempt to fill the lacuna, and comes 25 years after an earlier study titled Homage to Jaipur.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thorne's work fills an obvious lacuna in British social history.’
    • ‘Thus, divergent growth apparently prompted offsetting, in order for the coral to maintain the lacuna and occupy the space around it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fill the lacunae in your inspiration by tidily copying out what you have already written.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, this important work need not be justified on the basis of its filling a lacuna in past literature.’
    • ‘There are many lacunae in the existing laws of the land, he said.’
    • ‘If the lacuna is to be filled, Parliament must do it, not the Courts.’
    • ‘This volume, with contributions by some of the leading scholars in the field, seeks to fill in the lacunae in both areas.’
    • ‘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.’
    gap, space, absence, lack, deficiency, blank, lacuna
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    1. 1.1A missing portion in a book or manuscript.
      • ‘The editorial file I examined has some obvious lacunae and is very thin on letters from Pynchon (someone probably filched them, alas).’
      • ‘Gossett also addresses lacunas in the manuscript, suggesting that they may have involved some form of censorship (perhaps self-censorship).’
      • ‘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 fact, the book's lacunae are in some cases not inconsiderable.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is to be hoped that any subsequent revision will address these lacunae.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Because of this lacuna, Frickenhaus posited that the text originally described the figure as being by Lysippos.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Here are the prophetic calculations of this manuscript, with lacunae inserted within square brackets.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Rather, this gap must be seen as a serious lacuna in the surviving texts, a gulf that will critically limit our analysis.’
    2. 1.2Anatomy
      A cavity or depression, especially in bone.
      • ‘Elastic fibers are often concentrated in the walls of lacunae, which house cartilage cells.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 case 2, urography showed a lacuna of the renal pelvis, and CT scan showed an irregular thickening of the renal pelvis.’
      • ‘In some areas, the stromal cells appeared to reside within lacunae embedded in a hyalinized matrix, focally producing a remarkable similarity to chondroblastoma.’


Mid 17th century: from Latin, pool from lacus lake.