interval

[ in-ter-vuhl ]
/ ˈɪn tər vəl /
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noun

Idioms

    at intervals,
    1. at particular periods of time; now and then: At intervals, there were formal receptions at the governor's mansion.
    2. at particular places, with gaps in between: detour signs at intervals along the highway.

Origin of interval

1250–1300; Middle English intervall(e) < Latin intervallum interval, literally, space between two palisades. See inter-, wall
Related formsin·ter·val·ic, in·ter·val·lic [in-ter-val-ik] /ˌɪn tərˈvæl ɪk/, adjective
Can be confusedinterval period
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British Dictionary definitions for interval

interval

/ (ˈɪntəvəl) /

noun

Derived Formsintervallic (ˌɪntəˈvælɪk), adjective

Word Origin for interval

C13: from Latin intervallum, literally: space between two palisades, from inter- + vallum palisade, rampart
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Word Origin and History for interval

interval


n.

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.

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Medicine definitions for interval

interval

[ ĭntər-vəl ]

n.

A space between two objects, points, or units.
The amount of time between two specified instants, events, or states.
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