Intermission



[in-ter-mish-uh n] /ˌɪn tərˈmɪʃ ən/

noun
1.
a short interval between the acts of a play or parts of a public performance, usually a period of approximately 10 or 15 minutes, allowing the performers and audience a rest.
2.
a period during which action temporarily ceases; an interval between periods of action or activity:
They studied for hours without an intermission.
3.
the act or fact of ; state of being :
to work without intermission.
/ˌɪntəˈmɪʃən/
noun
1.
an interval, as between parts of a film
2.
a period between events or activities; pause
3.
the act of intermitting or the state of being intermitted
n.

early 15c., from Latin intermissionem (nominative intermissio) “interruption,” noun of action from past participle stem of intermittere “to leave off,” from inter- “between” (see inter-) + mittere “let go, send” (see mission).

Intermission is used in U.S. for what we call an interval (in a musical or dramatic performance). Under the influence of LOVE OF THE LONG WORD, it is beginning to infiltrate here and should be repelled; our own word does very well. [H.W. Fowler, “Modern English Usage,” 1926]

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