AskDefine | Define lacuna

Dictionary Definition



1 a blank gap or missing part [syn: blank]
2 an ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling or dome [syn: coffer, caisson] [also: lacunae (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary



lacuna (plural lacunae or lacunas)
  1. A small opening; a small pit or depression; a small blank space; a gap or vacancy; a hiatus.
  2. An absent part, especially in a book or other piece of writing, often referring to an ancient manuscript or similar.

Derived terms



  1. gap
  2. blank (space)
  3. lapse (of memory)



  1. hole, pit

Extensive Definition

Generally, a lacuna is a gap. The term may refer to:
Lacuna may also refer to:
lacuna in German: Lakune
lacuna in Italian: Lacuna
lacuna in Russian: Лакуна

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

alveolation, alveolus, antrum, aperture, armpit, arrearage, basin, bowl, breach, break, broaching, caesura, cavity, cessation, chasm, check, clearance, clearing, cleft, concave, concavity, crack, crater, crypt, cup, defalcation, defect, deficiency, deficit, depression, dip, disclosure, discontinuity, distance between, double space, em space, en space, fenestra, fissure, fistula, fold, follicle, fontanel, foramen, freeboard, funnel chest, gap, gape, gat, gulf, hair space, half space, hiatus, hole, hollow, hollow shell, inlet, interim, intermediate space, intermission, interruption, interspace, interstice, interval, jump, lack, laying open, leak, leap, leeway, letup, lull, margin, missing link, need, omission, opening, opening up, orifice, outage, outlet, passageway, pause, pit, pocket, pore, punch bowl, room, scoop, shell, shortage, single space, sink, sinus, slot, socket, space, space between, split, stoma, suspension, throwing open, time interval, trough, ullage, uncorking, unstopping, vug, want, wantage, yawn
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