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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of intermitting or the state of being intermitted.
  • n. A respite or recess.
  • n. The period between the acts of a theatrical or musical performance. See Synonyms at pause.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A break between two performances or sessions, such as at a concert, play, seminar, or religious assembly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or the state of intermitting; the state of being neglected or disused; disuse; discontinuance.
  • n. Cessation for a time; an intervening period of time; an interval; a temporary pause
  • n. The short period between acts of a play, concert, opera, or other public performance when the audience may leave their seats for refreshment; -- it usually lasts from 10 to 20 minutes.
  • n. The temporary cessation or subsidence of a fever; the space of time between the paroxysms of a disease. Intermission is an entire cessation, as distinguished from remission, or abatement of fever.
  • n. Intervention; interposition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of intermitting, or the state of being intermitted; temporary cessation; pause: as, to labor without intermission; intermission of the pulse.
  • n. In medicine, the temporary cessation or subsidence of a disease, as fever; interval between paroxysms. Intermission is an entire cessation, as distinguished from remission or abatement of fever.
  • n. Period of cessation; an intervening time; interval; specifically, recess at school.
  • n. Interference.
  • n. Synonyms and Rest, Suspension, etc. (see stop, n.), interval, interruption, respite.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of suspending activity temporarily
  • n. a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

Etymologies

Middle English intermissioun, from Old French intermission, from Latin intermissiō, intermissiōn-, from intermissus, past participle of intermittere, to interrupt; see intermit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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