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[hy-ay-tus]

1 A break in pronunciation between two adjacent vowels, either within a word (forming two distinct syllables, as in doing, rather than a diphthong as in joint) or between the end of one word and the beginning of the next (e.g. the expense rather than the elision of th'expense).

2 Any gap or omission in a sentence, verse, or logical argument. See also diaeresis, ellipsis, lacuna.

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