an intervening period of time: an interval of 50 years.
a period of temporary cessation; pause: intervals between the volleys of gunfire.
a space between things, points, limits, etc.; interspace: an interval of ten feet between posts.
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.
the space between soldiers or units in military formation.
Music. the difference in pitch between two tones, as between two tones sounded simultaneously (harmonic interval ) or between two tones sounded successively (melodic interval ).
Chiefly New England. intervale.
Cards. a period in a game for placing bets.
British. an intermission, as between the acts of a play.
Idioms about interval
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.
- in·ter·val·ic, in·ter·val·lic [in-ter-val-ik], /ˌɪn tərˈvæl ɪk/, adjective
- interval , period
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How to use interval in a sentence
You computed that you heard zero signals in 45 percent of the intervals, one signal in 38 percent of the intervals and two signals in the remaining 17 percent of the intervals.
Last week, you were analyzing some unusual signals from deep space, measured at many regular intervals.
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The interval between possession and hell was short,” he says, “though I admit it was wonderful.
Five times during that span, the majority of species on the planet vanished in a short interval of time.Heed the Warnings: Why We’re on the Brink of Mass Extinction | Sean B. Carroll | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
After her first audible prompt, which came shortly after the interval, the audience sat patiently.
Each health risk was presented honestly and intelligently with a confidential interval.23andMe and Me: Why Policymakers Should Set the Genetic Testing Company Free | Charles C. Johnson | February 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This “lucid interval” is found in nearly half of all cases of epidural hematoma (Bullock, Neurosurgery, 2006).Brain Bleed: Why Michael Schumacher’s Helmet Wasn’t Enough | Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad | January 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Drowned every few seconds by our tremendous salvoes, this more nervous noise crept back insistently into our ears in the interval.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
The song stopped abruptly, the music died away, there was an interval of silence no one broke.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
This short interval had more than sufficed for De Lucenay's mysterious operations.
Mr. Pontellier once more seated himself with elevated feet, and after a reasonable interval of time smoked some more cigars.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
I have not done this before as I had not sufficient leisure to examine them, or do so in the interval allowed by the season.
British Dictionary definitions for interval
the period of time marked off by or between two events, instants, etc
the distance between two points, objects, etc
a pause or interlude, as between periods of intense activity
British a short period between parts of a play, concert, film, etc; intermission
music the difference of pitch between two notes, either sounded simultaneously (harmonic interval) or in succession as in a musical part (melodic interval). An interval is calculated by counting the (inclusive) number of notes of the diatonic scale between the two notes: the interval between C and G is a fifth
the ratio of the frequencies of two sounds
maths the set containing all real numbers or points between two given numbers or points, called the endpoints. A closed interval includes the endpoints, but an open interval does not
occasionally or intermittently
with spaces between
- intervallic (ˌɪntəˈvælɪk), adjective
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