30 August 2007

Word of the Day: Interstitial

Somebody used the word "interstitial" in conversation yesterday and I thought "Wow, I gotta find out what that means because it sure sounds cool." So, thanks to Webster's Online...


One entry found for interstitial.

Main Entry: in·ter·sti·tial
Pronunciation: "in-t&r-'sti-sh&l
Function: adjective
1 : relating to or situated in the interstices
2 a : situated within but not restricted to or characteristic of a particular organ or tissue -- used especially of fibrous tissue b : affecting the interstitial tissues of an organ or part
3 : being or relating to a crystalline compound in which usually small atoms or ions of a nonmetal occupy holes between the larger metal atoms or ions in the crystal lattice
- in·ter·sti·tial·ly /-sh&-lE/ adverb"

Clicking on "interstices" gets me "a space that intervenes between things"

How cool is that? So it's all about the connections or lack there of. Huh. Doesn't Dave Matthews have a song about "the space between"? Maybe he just should have used "interstitial" instead.

Wonder if "We found our group's interstitial problems impossible to overcome" is an appropriate usage. Or maybe "The interstitial components of the drumstick make me gag." Or "Your mother is trying to be interstitial with us again." Hm. This is harder than it looks.

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