- an intervening period of time: an interval of 50 years.
- a period of temporary cessation; pause: intervals between the volleys of gunfire.
- a space between things, points, limits, etc.; interspace: an interval of ten feet between posts.
- the totality of points on a line between two designated points or endpoints that may or may not be included.
- any generalization of this to higher dimensions, as a rectangle with sides parallel to the coordinate axes.
- the space between soldiers or units in military formation.
- Music. the difference in pitch between two tones, as between two tones sounded simultaneously (harmonic interval) or between two tones sounded successively (melodic interval).
- Chiefly New England. intervale.
- Cards. a period in a game for placing bets.
- British. an intermission, as between the acts of a play.
- at intervals,
- at particular periods of time; now and then: At intervals, there were formal receptions at the governor's mansion.
- at particular places, with gaps in between: detour signs at intervals along the highway.
Origin of interval
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Examples from the Web for interval
The interval between possession and hell was short,” he says, “though I admit it was wonderful.Owning Up to Possession’s Downside
December 14, 2014
After her first audible prompt, which came shortly after the interval, the audience sat patiently.London Laughs at Lindsay Lohan’s West End Debut
September 24, 2014
This interval workout only requires four minutes to complete, but can be repeated as part of a 15 or 20-minute routine.The Busy Person’s Guide to Becoming a Fitness Minimalist
December 27, 2013
It would be a great help if, in the interval, party supporters refrained from looking or sounding like raving madmen.If there is a BLS Conspiracy, It's the Worst Executed I've Ever Seen
October 5, 2012
Proust is a world, and to return to him after an interval away is to discover and rediscover very different things each time.David's Book Club: Within a Budding Grove
July 15, 2012
So K. waited for "the season," and ate his heart out for Sidney in the interval.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
After an interval she added: "Only mother is here—always with me."
I dared not press him with more questions; but after an interval he said plainly: "She is not there now."
What sums did I spend during this interval in expedition-money to Time!Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
The Assistant Commissioner, who could not see them, grew a little nervous in the interval.The Secret Agent
- the period of time marked off by or between two events, instants, etc
- the distance between two points, objects, etc
- a pause or interlude, as between periods of intense activity
- British a short period between parts of a play, concert, film, etc; intermission
- music the difference of pitch between two notes, either sounded simultaneously (harmonic interval) or in succession as in a musical part (melodic interval). An interval is calculated by counting the (inclusive) number of notes of the diatonic scale between the two notesthe interval between C and G is a fifth
- the ratio of the frequencies of two sounds
- maths the set containing all real numbers or points between two given numbers or points, called the endpoints. A closed interval includes the endpoints, but an open interval does not
- at intervals
- occasionally or intermittently
- with spaces between
Word Origin and History for interval
early 14c., from Old French intervalle (14c.), earlier entreval (13c.), from Late Latin intervallum "space, interval, distance," originally "space between palisades or ramparts," from inter "between" (see inter-) + vallum "rampart" (see wall). Metaphoric sense of "gap in time" was present in Latin.
- A space between two objects, points, or units.
- The amount of time between two specified instants, events, or states.