- 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
Examples from the Web for interval
The interval between possession and hell was short,” he says, “though I admit it was wonderful.
After her first audible prompt, which came shortly after the interval, the audience sat patiently.
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|DailyBurn|December 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|David Frum|October 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Proust is a world, and to return to him after an interval away is to discover and rediscover very different things each time.
But soon my mind began to employ the interval more profitably.The Deluge|David Graham Phillips
Then the persisting movement and its interval are not time, but within time.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3|Plotinos (Plotinus)
When the French Revolution broke out, the reaction became, for an interval, in many quarters far stronger still.The English Church in the Eighteenth Century|Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
The interval of four years between the games was called an Olympiad.
An interval of repose became necessary, in consequence of the activity of our enjoyment.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
British Dictionary definitions for interval
- occasionally or intermittently
- with spaces between
Word Origin for interval
Word Origin and History 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.