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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An interval of time between one event, process, or period and another.
  • adjective Belonging to, serving during, or taking place during an intermediate interval of time; temporary: synonym: temporary.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In the mean while; meantime.
  • noun The mean time; time intervening.
  • noun A provisional arrangement for the settlement of religious differences between Protestants and Roman Catholics in Germany during the Reformation epoch, pending a definite settlement by a church council.
  • Belonging to or connected with an intervening period of time; temporary: as, an interim order.
  • noun Something done in an interval.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The meantime; time intervening; interval between events, etc.
  • noun (Hist.) A name given to each of three compromises made by the emperor Charles V. of Germany for the sake of harmonizing the connecting opinions of Protestants and Catholics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective transitional
  • adjective temporary
  • noun A transitional or temporary period between other events.

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

  • noun the time between one event, process, or period and another
  • adjective serving during an intermediate interval of time

Etymologies

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

[From Latin, in the meantime; see en in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin interim ("meanwhile")

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