- 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
Synonyms for interrupt
Antonyms 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
Word Origin for interrupt
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.