[in-tuh-ruhp-tid] /ˌɪn təˈrʌp tɪd/
having an irregular or discontinuous arrangement, as of leaflets along a stem.
[verb in-tuh-ruhpt; noun in-tuh-ruhpt] /verb ˌɪn təˈrʌpt; noun ˈɪn təˌrʌpt/
verb (used with object)
to cause or make a break in the continuity or uniformity of (a course, process, condition, etc.).
to break off or cause to cease, as in the middle of something:
He interrupted his work to answer the bell.
to stop (a person) in the midst of doing or saying something, especially by an interjected remark:
May I interrupt you to comment on your last remark?
verb (used without object)
to cause a break or discontinuance; interfere with action or speech, especially by interjecting a remark:
Please don’t interrupt.
Computers. a hardware signal that breaks the flow of program execution and transfers control to a predetermined storage location so that another procedure can be followed or a new operation carried out.
broken, discontinued, or hindered
(of plant organs, esp leaves) not evenly spaced along an axis
(music) Also deceptive. (of a cadence) progressing from the dominant chord to any other, such as the subdominant or submediant
to break the continuity of (an action, event, etc) or hinder (a person) by intrusion
(transitive) to cease to perform (some action)
(transitive) to obstruct (a view)
to prevent or disturb (a conversation, discussion, etc) by questions, interjections, or comment
the signal to initiate the stopping of the running of one computer program in order to run another, after which the running of the original program is usually continued
c.1400, “to interfere with a legal right,” from Latin interruptus, past participle of interrumpere “break apart, break off,” from inter- “between” (see inter-) + rumpere “to break” (see rupture (n.), and compare corrupt). Meaning “to break into (a speech, etc.)” is early 15c. Related: Interrupted; interrupting.
1957, originally in computers, from interupt (v.).
noun 1. a tall fern, Osmunda claytoniana, of eastern North America and eastern Asia, having an interruption of growth in the center of some fronds.
noun 1. a screw having the thread interrupted in one or more places by longitudinal channels, as in the breech of a cannon or the lead screw of a lathe. noun 1. a screw with a slot or slots cut into the thread, esp one used in the breech of some guns permitting both engagement […]
- Interrupt handler
software A routine which is executed when an interrupt occurs. Interrupt handlers typically deal with low-level events in the hardware of a computer system such as a character arriving at a serial port or a tick of a real-time clock. Special care is required when writing an interrupt handler to ensure that either the interrupt […]
[in-tuh-ruhp-ter] /ˌɪn təˈrʌp tər/ noun 1. a person or thing that . 2. Electricity. a device for or periodically opening and closing a circuit, as in a doorbell. /ˌɪntəˈrʌptə/ noun 1. a person or thing that interrupts 2. an electromechanical device for opening and closing an electric circuit