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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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  • There were interruptions, at times, that we hailed as alleviations.

    St. Ives Robert Louis Stevenson
  • I again begged his pardon for being betrayed into interruptions.

    Mugby Junction Charles Dickens
  • The problems of glass and rugs were unusually complicated, and the interruptions to continuous thought more numerous than usual.

    Jewel Weed Alice Ames Winter
  • The “forbud” had been duly forwarded, and there were no delays or interruptions.

    Up The Baltic Oliver Optic
  • There were interruptions now and then, criticisms and suggestions.

    Bambi Marjorie Benton Cooke
  • With many jerks and interruptions, and much shamefacedness Pennie proceeded to do so.

    The Hawthorns Amy Walton
  • Mr Wentworth had swallowed down the interruptions that rushed to his lips, and heard his brother out with unusual patience.

    The Perpetual Curate Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  • His lordship listened, though with a cross-fire of interruptions.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for interruptions


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 interruptions



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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