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interrupted

[in-tuh-ruhp-tid] /ˌɪn təˈrʌp tɪd/
adjective, Botany
1.
having an irregular or discontinuous arrangement, as of leaflets along a stem.
Origin
Related forms
noninterrupted, adjective
noninterruptedly, adverb
noninterruptedness, noun
uninterrupted, adjective
uninterruptedly, adverb
uninterruptedness, noun

interrupt

[v. in-tuh-ruhpt; n. in-tuh-ruhpt] /v. ˌɪn təˈrʌpt; n. ˈɪn təˌrʌpt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to cause or make a break in the continuity or uniformity of (a course, process, condition, etc.).
2.
to break off or cause to cease, as in the middle of something:
He interrupted his work to answer the bell.
3.
to stop (a person) in the midst of doing or saying something, especially by an interjected remark:
May I interrupt you to comment on your last remark?
verb (used without object)
4.
to cause a break or discontinuance; interfere with action or speech, especially by interjecting a remark:
Please don't interrupt.
noun
5.
Computers. a hardware signal that breaks the flow of program execution and transfers control to a predetermined storage location so that another procedure can be followed or a new operation carried out.
Origin
1375-1425; late Middle English interrupten < Latin interruptus past participle of interrumpere to break apart, equivalent to inter- inter- + rup-, variant stem of rumpere to burst + -tus past participle suffix; see rupture
Related forms
interruptedly, adverb
interruptedness, noun
interruptible, adjective
interruptive, adjective
noninterruptible, adjective
noninterruptive, adjective
reinterrupt, verb
self-interrupting, adjective
uninterruptible, adjective
uninterrupting, adjective
uninterruptive, adjective
Synonyms
1, 3. intermit. Interrupt, discontinue, suspend imply breaking off something temporarily or permanently. Interrupt may have either meaning: to interrupt a meeting. To discontinue is to stop or leave off, often permanently: to discontinue a building program. To suspend is to break off relations, operations, proceedings, privileges, etc., for a certain period of time, usually with the stipulation that they will be resumed at a stated time: to suspend operations during a strike.
Antonyms
1, 2. continue.
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Examples from the web for interrupted
  • But if the treatment is stopped or interrupted, the virus typically bounds back almost immediately.
  • But they still suffer from disrupted sleep, interrupted feeding and the energetic costs of flight and resettlement.
  • Their fasts were severe, and almost daily, and their devotions were only interrupted by necessary duties or other good works.
  • The chairman inquires if the speaker is willing to be interrupted, and if he consents, he directs the inquirer to proceed.
  • No coldness for so much as one moment ever interrupted the harmony or damped the affections of this holy couple.
  • There is an axiom that war is hours of boredom interrupted by moments of terror.
  • The raid had clearly interrupted the workday-rice pots from breakfast were still on the stove.
  • Observations are often interrupted by the appearance of a kitten.
  • For many, service had been interrupted for the second day running.
  • Teething troubles at refineries producing the cleaner fuel have interrupted supply and made the market tighter.
British Dictionary definitions for interrupted

interrupt

/ˌɪntəˈrʌpt/
verb
1.
to break the continuity of (an action, event, etc) or hinder (a person) by intrusion
2.
(transitive) to cease to perform (some action)
3.
(transitive) to obstruct (a view)
4.
to prevent or disturb (a conversation, discussion, etc) by questions, interjections, or comment
noun
5.
the signal to initiate the stopping of the running of one computer program in order to run another, after which the running of the original program is usually continued
Derived Forms
interruptible, adjective
interruptive, adjective
interruptively, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin interrumpere, from inter- + rumpere to break

interrupted

/ˌɪntəˈrʌptɪd/
adjective
1.
broken, discontinued, or hindered
2.
(of plant organs, esp leaves) not evenly spaced along an axis
3.
(music) Also deceptive. (of a cadence) progressing from the dominant chord to any other, such as the subdominant or submediant
Derived Forms
interruptedly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for interrupted

interrupt

v.

c.1400, "to interfere with a legal right," from Latin interruptus, past participle of interrumpere "break apart, break off," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + rumpere "to break" (see rupture (n.), and compare corrupt). Meaning "to break into (a speech, etc.)" is early 15c. Related: Interrupted; interrupting.

n.

1957, originally in computers, from interupt (v.).

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