[ in-tuh-ruhp-shuh n ]
/ ˌɪn təˈrʌp ʃən /


an act or instance of interrupting.
the state of being interrupted.
something that interrupts.
cessation; intermission.

Nearby words

  1. interrupted,
  2. interrupted fern,
  3. interrupted screw,
  4. interrupted suture,
  5. interrupter,
  6. interscapular,
  7. interscholastic,
  8. intersect,
  9. intersectant,
  10. intersecting arcade

Origin of interruption

1350–1400; Middle English interrupcio(u)n < Latin interruptiōn- (stem of interruptiō). See interrupt, -ion

Related formsre·in·ter·rup·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for interruptions


/ (ˌɪntəˈrʌpʃən) /


something that interrupts, such as a comment, question, or action
an interval or intermission
the act of interrupting or the state of being interrupted
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Word Origin and History for interruptions



late 14c., "a break of continuity," from Old French interrupcion and directly from Latin interruptionem (nominative interruptio) "a breaking off, interruption, interval," noun of action from past participle stem of interrumpere (see interrupt). Meaning "a breaking in upon some action" is from c.1400; that of "a pause, a temporary cessation" is early 15c.

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