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or in·ter·rup·tor

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  1. a person or thing that interrupts.
  2. Electricity. a device for interrupting or periodically opening and closing a circuit, as in a doorbell.
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Origin of interrupter

First recorded in 1505–15; interrupt + -er1
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Related Words for interrupter

infiltrator, invader, raider, thief, trespasser, interloper, burglar, criminal, squatter, snooper, prowler, meddler, nuisance, interrupter, gate-crasher, paradise

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Historical Examples of interrupter

  • His face flushed and he angrily turned toward the interrupter.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • I always absolutely hate it when Godfrey is the interrupter.

    The Red Hand of Ulster

    George A. Birmingham

  • The Club turned its head and looked at the interrupter in astonishment.

  • "There's Trendall to help me," continued Masters, scowling at the interrupter.

    King of Ranleigh

    F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton

  • At least 40 volts will be required for the satisfactory operation of the interrupter.

British Dictionary definitions for interrupter



  1. a person or thing that interrupts
  2. an electromechanical device for opening and closing an electric circuit
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