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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 interruptions
  • The study was not without interruptions, one of them quite serious.
  • The constant circulation means no refueling interruptions.
  • Digital gadgets demand ever more of our attention with their rude and thoughtless interruptions.
  • She shot polite versions of the debate, as well as versions with interruptions, shouts and name-calling.
  • Reverberations, extraneous sounds and other signal interruptions also pose difficulties.
  • In that way, local relief and public safety services can avoid interruptions at a time when they will be desperately needed.
  • interruptions take place that always wreak havoc with my schedule.
  • interruptions by technology often break concentration and allow for too much dependence on outside sources for ideas.
  • In some settings, interruptions are welcome and can be useful and interesting.
  • Plus, the time that you do spend in your office will be broken up by numerous interruptions.
British Dictionary definitions for interruptions


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 interruptions



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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