American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A space between two objects, points, or units.
- n. The amount of time between two specified instants, events, or states.
- n. One of a series of predetermined distances covered at regular time increments with intermittent periods of rest in an athletic workout.
- n. Mathematics A set of numbers consisting of all the numbers between a pair of given numbers along with either, both, or none of the endpoints.
- n. Mathematics A closed interval.
- n. Mathematics An open interval.
- n. Mathematics A half-open interval.
- n. Mathematics A line segment representing the set of numbers in an interval.
- n. Chiefly British An intermission, as between acts of a play.
- n. Music The difference, usually expressed in the number of steps, between two pitches.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vacant or unobstructed space between points or objects; an intervening vacancy; an open reach or stretch between limits: as, the intervals between the ranks of an army.
- n. Specifically, a low level tract of land, as along a river, between hills, etc. Also intervale.
- n. Any dividing tract in space, time, or degree; an intervening space, period, or state; a separating reach or stretch of any kind: with reference either to the space itself or to the points of separation or division: as, an interval of rocky ground between meadows; to fill up an interval in. conversation with music; an interval of ease or of relapse in disease; a lucid interval in delirium; to set trees at intervals of fifty feet; to breathe only at long intervals; the clock strikes at intervals of an hour.
- n. Specifically, in entomology, one of the spaces between longitudinal striæ of the elytra. When the striæ are regular, both they and the intervals are numbered from the suture outward.
- n. In music, the difference or distance in pitch between two tones. If the tones are sounded simultaneously, the interval is harmonic; if successively, melodic. An interval is acoustically described by the ratio between the vibration-numbers of the two tones: thus, an octave is represented by the ratio 2:1; a fifth, by the ratio 3:2, etc. Musically the intervals between the key-note of a major scale and its several tones are regarded as the standards with which all possible intervals are compared and from which they are named. The standard intervals are as follows: do to do (C to C, F to F, etc.) is called a first, prime, or unison; do to re (C to D, F to G, etc.), a second; do to mi (C to E, F to A, etc.), a third; do to fa (C to F, F to B♭, etc.), a. fourth; do to do′ (C to C′ , F to F′ , etc.), an eighth or octave, etc. These intervals are usually further designated thus: standard firsts, fourths, fifths, and octaves are perfect; standard seconds, thirds, sixths, sevenths, ninths, etc., are major. If an interval is a half-step longer than the corresponding standard interval, it is called
augmented(or sharp, superfluous, extreme, redundant): thus, do to fi (C to F♮, F to B♮, etc.) is an augmented fourth; do to li (C to A♮, F to D♮, etc.) is an augmented sixth. If an interval is a half-step shorter than the corresponding major interval, it is called minor(or flat): thus, do to me (C to E♭, F to A♭, etc.) is a minor third, etc. If an interval is a half-step shorter than the corresponding perfect or minor interval, it is called diminished: thus, do to sol♭ (C to G♭, F to C♭, etc.) is a diminished fifth (also called imperfect); di to le (C♮ to A♭, F♮ to D♭, etc.) is a diminished sixth, etc. (This nomenclature is obviously inconsistent, and another is also in use. according to which all standard intervals are called major, all a half-step longer than the corresponding major intervals are called augmented, all a half-step shorter than the corresponding major are called minor, and all a half-step shorter than the corresponding minor are called diminished.) A given interval is measured and named by comparison with a major scale based on the lower tone of the interval. Intervals not greater than an octave are called simple; those greater than an octave, compound compound intervals being reducible to simple ones by subtracting one or more octaves. When the upper tone of a simple interval is transposed an octave downward or its lower tone an octave upward, the interval is said to be inverted: inverted firsts become octaves, seconds become sevenths, thirds become sixths, etc.; and perfect intervals remain perfect, major intervals become minor, minor intervals become major, augmented intervals become diminished, and diminished intervals become augmented. Intervals are consonant or dissonant: the perfect consonances are standard firsts, fourths, fifths, and octaves; the imperfect consonances are major or minor thirds and sixths; and the dissonances are major or minor seconds and sevenths, with all augmented and diminished intervals. The acoustical values of the more important recognized intervals are as follows:
- n. The values given in the first column are those of the ideal intervals, such as are secured by using pure intonation; those given in the second column are those of equally tempered intonation, such as is used on keyed instruments, like the pianoforte and the organ. (See intonation and temperament.) A diatonic, interval is one that occurs between two tones of a normal major or minor scale. A chromatic interval is one that occurs between a tone of such a scale and a tone foreign to that scale. An enharmonic interval is one on an instrument of fixed intonation, that is apparent only in the notation, being in fact a unison, as, on the pianoforte, the interval from F♮ to G♭. In musical science the theory of intervals is introductory to that of chords and to harmony in general.
- n. In logic, a proposition.
- n. During or between intervals; between whiles or by turns; occasionally or alternately: as, to rest at intervals.
- n. A distance in space.
- n. A period of time.
- n. music The difference (a ratio or logarithmic measure) in pitch between two notes, often referring to those two pitches themselves (otherwise known as a dyad).
- n. mathematics A connected section of the real line which may be empty or have a length of zero.
- n. chiefly UK An intermission.
- n. sports half time, a scheduled intermission between the periods of play
- n. cricket Either of the two breaks, at lunch and tea, between the three sessions of a day's play
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A space between things; a void space intervening between any two objects.
- n. Space of time between any two points or events
- n. A brief space of time between the recurrence of similar conditions or states
- n. (Mus.) Difference in pitch between any two tones.
- n. Local, U. S. A tract of low ground between hills, or along the banks of a stream, usually alluvial land, enriched by the overflowings of the river, or by fertilizing deposits of earth from the adjacent hills. Cf. bottom, n., 7.
- n. a definite length of time marked off by two instants
- n. the difference in pitch between two notes
- n. a set containing all points (or all real numbers) between two given endpoints
- n. the distance between things
- From Old French intervalle, from Latin intervallum ("space between, interval, distance, interval of time, pause, difference; literally, space between two palisades or walls"), from inter ("between") + vallum ("palisade, wall"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English intervalle, from Old French, from Latin intervallum : inter-, inter- + vallum, rampart. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“[273-2] Strictly speaking, the interval between 11 Men and 13 Oc is fourteen days, but throughout this paper, by "_interval between_" two days, is to be understood the number of days to be counted _from_ one _to and including_ the other.”
Aids to the Study of the Maya Codices Sixth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1884-85, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1888, pages 253-372
“Then, assuming you still feel the total interval is non-zero, am I to presume your concept of light ray "interval" is significantly effected by traveling through a prisms or half silvered mirrors?”
“This certain interval will give rise to the eerie phantasmatic ir-reality of the Sanatorium as a result of the contamination and rapid decomposition of time.”
“Little by little the tissues of reality loosen around Jozef; he becomes subject to a different clock and to the peculiar experiments with Time presided over by a mysterious Dr. Gotard [and a ventriloquizing Auctioneer]: … … here, we are always late by a certain interval of time of which we cannot define the length.”
“For all we know, the 95% confidence interval is [30B, $35B,50B].”
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“A “QT” interval is measured in seconds or in milliseconds.”
“Suppose the difference between using a local call centre and a Mumbai call centre for the life of the service interval is X present value dollars.”
“As a result, most diesel manufacturers recommend cutting their recommended oil drain interval in half when using biodiesel fuel.”
“Lack of statistical significance over a given period does not mean absence of warming, it means the interval is too short for a meaningful conclusion either way.”
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