[in-tuh-ruhp-shuh n] /ˌɪn təˈrʌp ʃən/

an act or instance of .
the state of being .
something that .
cessation; intermission.
something that interrupts, such as a comment, question, or action
an interval or intermission
the act of interrupting or the state of being interrupted

late 14c., “a break of continuity,” from Old French interrupcion and directly from Latin interruptionem (nominative interruptio) “a breaking off, interruption, interval,” noun of action from past participle stem of interrumpere (see interrupt). Meaning “a breaking in upon some action” is from c.1400; that of “a pause, a temporary cessation” is early 15c.


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