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[in-tuh-ruhp-shuh n] /ˌɪn təˈrʌp ʃən/
an act or instance of interrupting.
the state of being interrupted.
something that interrupts.
cessation; intermission.
Origin of interruption
1350-1400; Middle English interrupcio(u)n < Latin interruptiōn- (stem of interruptiō). See interrupt, -ion
Related forms
reinterruption, noun Unabridged
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  • Si stopped and waited a few minutes until his own regiment got past, thinking his plan would be less liable to interruption.

  • The interruption helped Mrs. Swordsley to waver to her feet.

    The Choice Edith Wharton
  • Meanwhile, by day and night, with hardly an interruption, the sound of heavy cannonading was heard with suggestive distinctness.

  • They all talk rather languidly, when an interruption occurs.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • During this interruption, a very pretty piece of pantomime had been executed between the eyes of Fazil and the Lalla.

    Tara Philip Meadows Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for interruption


something that interrupts, such as a comment, question, or action
an interval or intermission
the act of interrupting or the state of being interrupted
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Word Origin and History for interruption

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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