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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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Examples from the Web for interruptions
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  • In the education of your family, you would meet with no interruptions or restraint.

  • I must have more time to talk to him, and we must get a chance when there will be no danger of interruptions.

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • His lordship listened, though with a cross-fire of interruptions.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • interruptions and discussions were frequent; they were also making pretence to sup.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • For such the nurseries hold nothing but noise and interruptions.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael
  • For some time there were no interruptions, no jeers, no doubtful pleasantries.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • He believed in regular hours, in silence and no interruptions.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • What an endless variety of interruptions must have been common!

    Wood-Carving George Jack
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.

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