Amani and her sister Nada interrupt each other excitedly as they explain the history of their culture.
We decided to interrupt and ask Russell what he thought was going to take Best Picture.
Tonight, he was a battering ram whenever anyone tried to interrupt him.
He will interrupt his subjects with gruff asides or profane exclamations.
Want to learn how to interrupt a congressional address by screaming at the president of the United States?
There was no chance for Mr. Rogers to answer or to interrupt me.
But it was his turn now to interrupt her with a quick raising of the hand.
Once a mass of steel plating fell only yards from him, but it did not interrupt his search.
And since he spoke low, and evenly, Grandpa did not wake, to interrupt.
A Dutch frigate of forty guns refused to interrupt their progress, although offered a reward.
c.1400, "to interfere with a legal right," from Latin interruptus, past participle of interrumpere "break apart, break off," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + rumpere "to break" (see rupture (n.), and compare corrupt). Meaning "to break into (a speech, etc.)" is early 15c. Related: Interrupted; interrupting.
1957, originally in computers, from interupt (v.).
1. An asynchronous event that suspends normal processing and temporarily diverts the flow of control through an "interrupt handler" routine.
Interrupts may be caused by both hardware (I/O, timer, machine check) and software (supervisor, system call or trap instruction).
In general the computer responds to an interrupt by storing the information about the current state of the running program; storing information to identify the source of the interrupt; and invoking a first-level interrupt handler. This is usually a kernel level privileged process that can discover the precise cause of the interrupt (e.g. if several devices share one interrupt) and what must be done to keep operating system tables (such as the process table) updated. This first-level handler may then call another handler, e.g. one associated with the particular device which generated the interrupt.
2. Under MS-DOS, nearly synonymous with "system call" because the OS and BIOS routines are both called using the INT instruction (see interrupt list) and because programmers so often have to bypass the operating system (going directly to a BIOS interrupt) to get reasonable performance.