- the totality of points on a line between two designated points or endpoints that may or may not be included.
- any generalization of this to higher dimensions, as a rectangle with sides parallel to the coordinate axes.
- at particular periods of time; now and then: At intervals, there were formal receptions at the governor's mansion.
- at particular places, with gaps in between: detour signs at intervals along the highway.
Origin of interval
Synonyms for interval
Related Words for intervalinterruption, layoff, intermission, spell, hiatus, lull, period, rest, interim, comma, playtime, delay, space, interlude, meantime, time-out, breach, opening, season, time
Examples from the Web for interval
Contemporary Examples of interval
The interval between possession and hell was short,” he says, “though I admit it was wonderful.Owning Up to Possession’s Downside
December 14, 2014
After her first audible prompt, which came shortly after the interval, the audience sat patiently.London Laughs at Lindsay Lohan’s West End Debut
September 24, 2014
This interval workout only requires four minutes to complete, but can be repeated as part of a 15 or 20-minute routine.The Busy Person’s Guide to Becoming a Fitness Minimalist
December 27, 2013
It would be a great help if, in the interval, party supporters refrained from looking or sounding like raving madmen.If there is a BLS Conspiracy, It's the Worst Executed I've Ever Seen
October 5, 2012
Proust is a world, and to return to him after an interval away is to discover and rediscover very different things each time.David's Book Club: Within a Budding Grove
July 15, 2012
Historical Examples of interval
So K. waited for "the season," and ate his heart out for Sidney in the interval.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
After an interval she added: "Only mother is here—always with me."
I dared not press him with more questions; but after an interval he said plainly: "She is not there now."
What sums did I spend during this interval in expedition-money to Time!Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
The Assistant Commissioner, who could not see them, grew a little nervous in the interval.The Secret Agent
- occasionally or intermittently
- with spaces between
Word Origin for interval
early 14c., from Old French intervalle (14c.), earlier entreval (13c.), from Late Latin intervallum "space, interval, distance," originally "space between palisades or ramparts," from inter "between" (see inter-) + vallum "rampart" (see wall). Metaphoric sense of "gap in time" was present in Latin.