lacuna

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin lacūna (ditch, gap), diminutive form of lacus (lake). Doublet of lagoon.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ləˈkjuː.nə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ləˈkuː.nə/, /ləˈkjuː.nə/
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Noun[edit]

lacuna (plural lacunae or lacunas)

  1. A small opening; a small pit or depression.
  2. A small blank space; a gap or vacancy; a hiatus.
  3. An absent part, especially in a book or other piece of writing, often referring to an ancient manuscript or similar.
    Long lacunae in this inscription make interpretation difficult.
  4. Any gap, break, hole, or lack in a set of things; something missing.
    • 2019, Li Huang; James Lambert, “Another Arrow for the Quiver: A New Methodology for Multilingual Researchers”, in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, DOI:10.1080/01434632.2019.1596115, page 11:
      If the researcher cannot adequately hear a specific conversation due to its low volume or other acoustic interference, then this data point can be passed over with the understanding that such lacunae will be randomly distributed over the data collecting period.
  5. (microscopy) A space visible between cells, allowing free passage of light.
  6. (translation studies) A language gap, which occurs when there is no direct translation in the target language for a lexical term found in the source language.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin lacuna. Compare the inherited doublet laguna.

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lacuna f (plural lacune)

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

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From lacus (lake, basin).

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lacūna f (genitive lacūnae); first declension

  1. a hole, pit
  2. an opening, cavity, hollow, cleft
  3. a gap, void, defect

Declension[edit]

First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative lacūna lacūnae
Genitive lacūnae lacūnārum
Dative lacūnae lacūnīs
Accusative lacūnam lacūnās
Ablative lacūnā lacūnīs
Vocative lacūna lacūnae

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin lacūna. Compare the inherited lagoa.

Noun[edit]

lacuna f (plural lacunas)

  1. hiatus (gap in a series)
  2. blank (space to be filled in)

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