- having an irregular or discontinuous arrangement, as of leaflets along a stem.
Origin of interrupted
- to cause or make a break in the continuity or uniformity of (a course, process, condition, etc.).
- to break off or cause to cease, as in the middle of something: He interrupted his work to answer the bell.
- to stop (a person) in the midst of doing or saying something, especially by an interjected remark: May I interrupt you to comment on your last remark?
- to cause a break or discontinuance; interfere with action or speech, especially by interjecting a remark: Please don't interrupt.
- Computers. a hardware signal that breaks the flow of program execution and transfers control to a predetermined storage location so that another procedure can be followed or a new operation carried out.
Origin of interrupt
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Related Wordspostponed, delayed, broken, discontinued, suspended, hindered, checked, discontinuous, intermittent, irregular
Examples from the Web for interrupted
But the stories of the Riveras and Toros are often interrupted by the stories of their neighbors.The 2014 Novel of the Year
December 29, 2014
After our talk—and, of course, much more research—I filed a version of the following story on my website Hollywood, Interrupted.I Warned You About Bill Cosby in 2007
November 20, 2014
When host David Gregory interrupted to note that Carson also said that “it is slavery in a way,” the Doctor agreed.Fringe Factor: The Common Core Will Turn Your Kids as Gay as Possible
May 25, 2014
Welch interrupted, offering a smile that signaled pure exhaustion and defeat.The Heroin Hearing That Wasn’t
April 30, 2014
We half expect the music cue to be interrupted by something equally (and intentionally) cliché, like the brrrzzzzzzippp!What's Happened to Don Draper? Why Everyone’s Favorite ‘Mad Men’ Stud Needs His Mojo Back
April 16, 2014
"I crave pardon," interrupted Aspasia, with haughty impatience.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
"There's enough like that kind, though," interrupted Uncle Peter.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
“Alack me no alacks,” she interrupted, holding up her riding rod.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Their brother Stukely had been interrupted in the charge which he was about to make.
This quickness upon me, interrupted my mother, is not to be borne!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
- broken, discontinued, or hindered
- (of plant organs, esp leaves) not evenly spaced along an axis
- Also: deceptive music (of a cadence) progressing from the dominant chord to any other, such as the subdominant or submediant
- to break the continuity of (an action, event, etc) or hinder (a person) by intrusion
- (tr) to cease to perform (some action)
- (tr) to obstruct (a view)
- to prevent or disturb (a conversation, discussion, etc) by questions, interjections, or comment
- the signal to initiate the stopping of the running of one computer program in order to run another, after which the running of the original program is usually continued
Word Origin and History for interrupted
1957, originally in computers, from interupt (v.).
c.1400, "to interfere with a legal right," from Latin interruptus, past participle of interrumpere "break apart, break off," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + rumpere "to break" (see rupture (n.), and compare corrupt). Meaning "to break into (a speech, etc.)" is early 15c. Related: Interrupted; interrupting.