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[in-tuh-ruhp-shuh n] /ˌɪn təˈrʌp ʃən/
an act or instance of interrupting.
the state of being interrupted.
something that interrupts.
cessation; intermission.
Origin of interruption
1350-1400; Middle English interrupcio(u)n < Latin interruptiōn- (stem of interruptiō). See interrupt, -ion
Related forms
reinterruption, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for interruption
  • And he himself would labor for seven hours without interruption on a block of marble.
  • On some readers, that interruption takes a full second.
  • For starters, one of the predictions of potential consequences of global warming is the interruption of the conveyor currents.
  • The waitress is treated as an unwanted interruption and burden.
  • Cellphone towers are quite energy intensive as they use power non-stop without any interruption.
  • We are free to safely dream on, with no further interruption.
  • Set the app's timer for however long you want to work without interruption.
  • Bidding at once resumed, and ascended without interruption to fifty thousand pounds.
  • The culprit in nearly all cases of syncope is an interruption in blood flow to the brain.
  • They had to hold the primary stream in mind so that they could return to it after their interruption.
British Dictionary definitions for interruption


something that interrupts, such as a comment, question, or action
an interval or intermission
the act of interrupting or the state of being interrupted
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Word Origin and History for interruption

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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