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interruption

[in-tuh-ruhp-shuh n] /ˌɪn təˈrʌp ʃən/
noun
1.
an act or instance of interrupting.
2.
the state of being interrupted.
3.
something that interrupts.
4.
cessation; intermission.
Origin of interruption
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English interrupcio(u)n < Latin interruptiōn- (stem of interruptiō). See interrupt, -ion
Related forms
reinterruption, noun
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  • Si stopped and waited a few minutes until his own regiment got past, thinking his plan would be less liable to interruption.

  • The wayfarers all gazed in the utmost astonishment at the interruption.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Meanwhile, by day and night, with hardly an interruption, the sound of heavy cannonading was heard with suggestive distinctness.

  • I think the others were as grateful as I for the interruption.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • During this interruption, a very pretty piece of pantomime had been executed between the eyes of Fazil and the Lalla.

    Tara Philip Meadows Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for interruption

interruption

/ˌɪntəˈrʌpʃən/
noun
1.
something that interrupts, such as a comment, question, or action
2.
an interval or intermission
3.
the act of interrupting or the state of being interrupted
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Word Origin and History for interruption
n.

late 14c., "a break of continuity," from Old French interrupcion and directly from Latin interruptionem (nominative interruptio) "a breaking off, interruption, interval," noun of action from past participle stem of interrumpere (see interrupt). Meaning "a breaking in upon some action" is from c.1400; that of "a pause, a temporary cessation" is early 15c.

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