[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.
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.).
- Interrupt list
[MS-DOS] The list of all known software interrupt calls (both documented and undocumented) for IBM PCs and compatibles, maintained and made available for free redistribution by Ralf Brown . As of late 1992, it had grown to approximately two megabytes in length.
- Interrupt priority level
The Motorola 68000 family of processors can be at an interrupt priority level from 0 (no interrupt in progress) up to 7. While the processor is handling an interrupt at one level, it will ignore other interrupts at that level or lower. (1994-11-23)
- Interrupt request
(IRQ) The name of an input found on many processors which causes the processor to suspend normal instruction execution temporarily and to start executing an interrupt handler routine. Such an input may be either “level sensitive” – the interrupt condition will persist as long as the input is active or “edge triggered” – an interrupt […]
[verb in-tuh-ruhpt; noun in-tuh-ruhpt] /verb ˌɪn təˈrʌpt; noun ˈɪn təˌrʌpt/ verb (used with object) 1. to cause or make a break in the continuity or uniformity of (a course, process, condition, etc.). 2. to break off or cause to cease, as in the middle of something: He interrupted his work to answer the bell. 3. […]