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interruption

[in-tuh-ruhp-shuh n] /ˌɪn təˈrʌp ʃən/
noun
1.
an act or instance of interrupting.
2.
the state of being interrupted.
3.
something that interrupts.
4.
cessation; intermission.
Origin of interruption
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English interrupcio(u)n < Latin interruptiōn- (stem of interruptiō). See interrupt, -ion
Related forms
reinterruption, noun
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  • The wayfarers all gazed in the utmost astonishment at the interruption.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Meanwhile her mentor, Mr. Day, was delighted at the interruption of her task.

  • I think the others were as grateful as I for the interruption.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • We met with no interruption, however, reaching New York in due time.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • He turned round, not at all disconcerted by the interruption.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for interruption

interruption

/ˌɪntəˈrʌpʃən/
noun
1.
something that interrupts, such as a comment, question, or action
2.
an interval or intermission
3.
the act of interrupting or the state of being interrupted
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Word Origin and History for interruption
n.

late 14c., "a break of continuity," from Old French interrupcion and directly from Latin interruptionem (nominative interruptio) "a breaking off, interruption, interval," noun of action from past participle stem of interrumpere (see interrupt). Meaning "a breaking in upon some action" is from c.1400; that of "a pause, a temporary cessation" is early 15c.

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