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INTERVAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does interval mean? 

INTERVAL (noun)
  The noun INTERVAL has 4 senses:

1. a definite length of time marked off by two instants
2. a set containing all points (or all real numbers) between two given endpoints
3. the distance between things
4. the difference in pitch between two notes

  Familiarity information: INTERVAL used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INTERVAL (noun)


Sense 1interval [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A definite length of time marked off by two instants

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

interval; time interval

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

amount; measure; quantity (how much there is of something that you can quantify)

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

latent period (the time that elapses before the presence of a disease is manifested by symptoms)

latency; latent period; reaction time; response time (the time that elapses between a stimulus and the response to it)

eternity (a seemingly endless time interval (waiting))

cycle; rhythm; round (an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs)

lead time (the time interval between the initiation and the completion of a production process)

period (the interval taken to complete one cycle of a regularly repeating phenomenon)

float (the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its payment)

latency; rotational latency ((computer science) the time it takes for a specific block of data on a data track to rotate around to the read/write head)

interim; lag; meantime; meanwhile (the time between one event, process, or period and another)

interlude (an intervening period or episode)

break; intermission; interruption; pause; suspension (a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something)

access time ((computer science) the interval between the time data is requested by the system and the time the data is provided by the drive)

distance; space (the interval between two times)

embolism; intercalation (an insertion into a calendar)

seek time ((computer science) the time it takes for a read/write head to move to a specific data track)

time constant ((electronics) the time required for the current or voltage in a circuit to rise or fall exponentially through approximately 63 per cent of its amplitude)

slot; time slot (a time assigned on a schedule or agenda)

lunitidal interval (interval between the moon's transit of a particular meridian and the next high tide at that meridian)

absence (the time interval during which something or somebody is away)

processing time (the time it takes to complete a prescribed procedure)


Sense 2interval [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A set containing all points (or all real numbers) between two given endpoints

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

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

set ((mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols)

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

bounded interval; closed interval (an interval that includes its endpoints)

open interval; unbounded interval (an interval that does not include its endpoints)

sub-interval (an interval that is included in another interval)


Sense 3interval [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The distance between things

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

interval; separation

Context example:

fragile items require separation and cushioning

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

distance (the property created by the space between two objects or points)

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

clearance (the distance by which one thing clears another; the space between them)


Sense 4interval [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The difference in pitch between two notes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

musical interval; interval

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

musical notation (a notation used by musicians)

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

seventh (the musical interval between one note and another seven notes away from it)

sixth (the musical interval between one note and another six notes away from it)

fifth (the musical interval between one note and another five notes away from it)

fourth (the musical interval between one note and another four notes away from it)

third (the musical interval between one note and another three notes away from it)

musical octave; octave (a musical interval of eight tones)

quarter tone; quarter-tone (half of a semitone)

half step; semitone (the musical interval between adjacent keys on a keyboard instrument)

step; tone; whole step; whole tone (a musical interval of two semitones)


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