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 forms

in·ter·val·ic, in·ter·val·lic [in-ter-val-ik] /ˌɪn tərˈvæl ɪk/, adjective

Can be confused

interval period
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British Dictionary definitions for interval

interval

/ (ˈɪntəvəl) /

noun


Derived Forms

intervallic (ˌɪntəˈvælɪk), adjective

Word Origin for interval

C13: from Latin intervallum, literally: space between two palisades, from inter- + vallum palisade, rampart
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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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