or in·ter·rup·tor

[ in-tuh-ruhp-ter ]
See synonyms for: interrupterinterrupters on

  1. a person or thing that interrupts.

  2. Electricity. a device for interrupting or periodically opening and closing a circuit, as in a doorbell.

Origin of interrupter

First recorded in 1505–15; interrupt + -er1

Words Nearby interrupter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use interrupter in a sentence

  • A very thin vacuum shutter forms a better interrupter of sound waves than a brick wall two or three feet in thickness.

  • The interrupter must be Harry Wilbur; nobody else approached door-knockers in so athletic a spirit.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
  • The dual feature consists of the addition to the magneto of a battery interrupter.

    Aviation Engines | Victor Wilfred Pag
  • This relative timing can be easily adjusted by removing the interrupter and shifting the cam in the direction desired.

    Aviation Engines | Victor Wilfred Pag
  • This is accomplished by means of an "interrupter" that either vibrates rapidly or "snaps" once at the formation of each spark.

    The Gasoline Motor | Harold Whiting Slauson

British Dictionary definitions for interrupter



/ (ˌɪntəˈrʌptə) /

  1. a person or thing that interrupts

  2. an electromechanical device for opening and closing an electric circuit

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