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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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  • There were interruptions, at times, that we hailed as alleviations.

    St. Ives Robert Louis Stevenson
  • His lordship listened, though with a cross-fire of interruptions.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • The problems of glass and rugs were unusually complicated, and the interruptions to continuous thought more numerous than usual.

    Jewel Weed Alice Ames Winter
  • interruptions and discussions were frequent; they were also making pretence to sup.

    Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill
  • There were interruptions now and then, criticisms and suggestions.

    Bambi Marjorie Benton Cooke
  • For such the nurseries hold nothing but noise and interruptions.

    Lotus Buds Amy Carmichael
  • Mr Wentworth had swallowed down the interruptions that rushed to his lips, and heard his brother out with unusual patience.

    The Perpetual Curate Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  • For some time there were no interruptions, no jeers, no doubtful pleasantries.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for interruptions

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 interruptions

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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