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.
- in·ter·rupt·ed·ly, adverb
- in·ter·rupt·ed·ness, noun
- in·ter·rupt·i·ble, adjective
- in·ter·rup·tive, adjective
- non·in·ter·rupt·i·ble, adjective
- non·in·ter·rup·tive, adjective
- re·in·ter·rupt, verb
- self-in·ter·rupt·ing, adjective
- un·in·ter·rupt·i·ble, adjective
- un·in·ter·rupt·ing, adjective
- un·in·ter·rup·tive, adjective
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How to use interrupt in a sentence
Many great rivers, in fact, flow with an almost interruptible declivity.
British Dictionary definitions for interrupt
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
- interruptible, adjective
- interruptive, adjective
- interruptively, adverb
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