from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the act of interrupting, or the state of being interrupted
  • n. a time interval during which there is a cessation of something

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of interrupting, or breaking in upon.
  • n. The state of being interrupted; a breach or break, caused by the abrupt intervention of something foreign; intervention; interposition.
  • n. Obstruction caused by breaking in upon course, current, progress, or motion; stop; hindrance
  • n. Temporary cessation; intermission; suspension.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of interrupting or breaking in upon anything.
  • n. The state of being interrupted; the state of being impeded, checked, or stopped.
  • n. Obstruction or hindrance caused by a breaking in upon any course, current, progress, or motion; stoppage: as, interruptions in the execution of a work.
  • n. Cessation; intermission; interval.
  • n. A prorogation of Parliament: used in the seventeenth century.

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

  • n. a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
  • n. some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity
  • n. an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity


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  • "Well, I don't know what you call interruption, but this is a complete stopper; I can't make any impression with the pick, it is as hard as rock; and then comes some of those old walls that are rather harder than granite -- you may as well pick at a cart-load of pig iron."

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  • It's a beautifully structured story that kept me enthralled and reading in one sitting, with just a minor interruption from the butler Bookhound with a pot of tea and some chocolate biscuits.

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  • Mr. Obama, the $146 a barrel price of oil we just experienced was not caused by any specific short-term interruption in supplies, as in the past.

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