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INTERRUPTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does interruption mean? 

INTERRUPTION (noun)
  The noun INTERRUPTION has 3 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: INTERRUPTION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INTERRUPTION (noun)


Sense 1interruption [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An act of delaying or interrupting the continuity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

disruption; interruption; gap; break

Context examples:

it was presented without commercial breaks / there was a gap in his account

Hypernyms ("interruption" is a kind of...):

delay; holdup (the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "interruption"):

cut-in; insert ((film) a still picture that is introduced and that interrupts the action of a film)

cut-in; insert ((broadcasting) a local announcement inserted into a network program)

interjection; interpellation; interpolation; interposition (the action of interjecting or interposing an action or remark that interrupts)

abruption; breaking off (an instance of sudden interruption)

barracking; heckling (shouting to interrupt a speech with which you disagree)


Sense 2interruption [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

break; interruption

Context examples:

the telephone is an annoying interruption / there was a break in the action when a player was hurt

Hypernyms ("interruption" is a kind of...):

happening; natural event; occurrence; occurrent (an event that happens)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "interruption"):

eclipse; occultation (one celestial body obscures another)

abatement; hiatus; reprieve; respite; suspension (an interruption in the intensity or amount of something)

punctuation (something that makes repeated and regular interruptions or divisions)

dislocation; disruption (an event that results in a displacement or discontinuity)


Sense 3interruption [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

pause; intermission; suspension; interruption; break

Hypernyms ("interruption" is a kind of...):

interval; time interval (a definite length of time marked off by two instants)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "interruption"):

time-out (a brief suspension of play)

relief; respite; rest; rest period (a pause for relaxation)

halftime (an intermission between the first and second half of a game)

delay; hold; postponement; time lag; wait (time during which some action is awaited)

dead air (an inadvertent interruption in a broadcast during which there is no sound)

caesura (a pause or interruption (as in a conversation))

blackout (a suspension of radio or tv broadcasting)

lapse (a break or intermission in the occurrence of something)

letup; lull (a pause during which things are calm or activities are diminished)


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