Examples from the Web for intermission
He promptly explained the situation, breaking early for intermission.
Like, if there was an intermission at dirty movies, so you could go get your Goobers—or Raisinets, for that matter.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview|Alex Belth|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As a debate, this was a sideshow, 90 minutes of stilted silliness, an intermission interrupting the real deal.Joe Biden Beat Paul Ryan, But Veep Debate Was a Mediocre Snoozefest|Tunku Varadarajan|October 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
With concerts and plays the intermission often proves a bit of dilemma.Geoff Dyer Takes on Andrei Tarkovsky’s Film ‘Stalker’ in ‘Zona’|Chris Wallace|February 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But at intermission during a recent preview performance, the man next to me grumbled that he had no idea what was going on.
He had scarcely any intermission of pain, day or night, for three months after his return to England.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson|Robert Southey
He would not have been able to tell for a certainty with whom he talked during the intermission, nor with whom he shook hands.The Enemies of Women|Vicente Blasco Ibez
In the other cases the disease began at the close of the initial paroxysm, during the intermission, or early in the relapse.
The only chance of getting the work done in time was to toil at it night and day, without rest or intermission.
It might be that one year's intermission of preaching and admonition would place us below the level of the heathen.Epistle Sermons, Vol. III|Martin Luther
British Dictionary definitions for intermission
Word Origin for intermission
Word Origin and History for intermission
early 15c., from Latin intermissionem (nominative intermissio) "interruption," noun of action from past participle stem of intermittere "to leave off," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + mittere "let go, send" (see mission).
Intermission is used in U.S. for what we call an interval (in a musical or dramatic performance). Under the influence of LOVE OF THE LONG WORD, it is beginning to infiltrate here and should be repelled; our own word does very well. [H.W. Fowler, "Modern English Usage," 1926]