- 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.
- 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
Synonyms for interval
- occasionally or intermittently
- with spaces between
Word Origin 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.