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3 definitions found
 for interruption
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Interruption \In`ter*rup"tion\, n. [L. interruptio: cf. F.
     interruption.]
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     1. The act of interrupting, or breaking in upon.
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     2. The state of being interrupted; a breach or break, caused
        by the abrupt intervention of something foreign;
        intervention; interposition. --Sir M. Hale.
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              Lest the interruption of time cause you to lose the
              idea of one part.                     --Dryden.
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     3. Obstruction caused by breaking in upon course, current,
        progress, or motion; stop; hindrance; as, the author has
        met with many interruptions in the execution of his work;
        the speaker or the argument proceeds without interruption.
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     4. Temporary cessation; intermission; suspension.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  interruption
      n 1: an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; "it was
           presented without commercial breaks"; "there was a gap in
           his account" [syn: break, interruption, disruption,
           gap]
      2: some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity;
         "the telephone is an annoying interruption"; "there was a
         break in the action when a player was hurt" [syn:
         interruption, break]
      3: a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation
         of something [syn: pause, intermission, break,
         interruption, suspension]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  173 Moby Thesaurus words for "interruption":
     abeyance, arrest, arrestation, arrestment, blockage, blocking,
     breach, break, caesura, cease, cease-fire, ceasing, cessation,
     check, clearance, clogging, closing up, closure, coffee break,
     cold storage, constriction, cramp, day off, delay, detainment,
     detention, discontinuity, disruption, distance between,
     disturbance, doldrums, dormancy, double space, downtime, drop,
     em space, en space, encroachment, entrance, entrenchment, fissure,
     fixation, foot-dragging, freeboard, gap, hair space, half space,
     half time, half-time intermission, hampering, hesitation, hiatus,
     hindering, hindrance, holdback, holdup, holiday, impediment,
     impingement, imposition, impropriety, inappropriateness,
     inauspiciousness, inconvenience, incursion, inexpedience,
     infelicity, infiltration, influx, infringement, inhibition,
     injection, inopportuneness, inopportunity, inroad, insinuation,
     intempestivity, interference, interim, interjection, interloping,
     interlude, intermediate space, intermezzo, intermission,
     intermittence, interposition, interposure, interregnum, interspace,
     interstice, interval, intervention, intrusion, invasion,
     irrelevance, irruption, jump, lacuna, lapse, latency, lateness,
     layoff, leap, leeway, let, letup, lull, margin, negativism,
     nuisance value, obstruction, obstructionism, obtrusion, occlusion,
     off-time, opposition, pause, plateau, point of repose, prematurity,
     quiescence, quiescency, quiet spell, recess, relief, remission,
     rent, repression, resistance, respite, rest, resting point,
     restraint, restriction, retardation, retardment, rift, room,
     rupture, setback, single space, space, space between, split,
     squeeze, stand-down, stay, stop, stopping, stranglehold, stricture,
     suppression, surcease, suspension, time interval, time off,
     time out, trespass, trespassing, truce, unfavorableness, unfitness,
     unfittingness, unfortunateness, unlawful entry, unpropitiousness,
     unripeness, unseasonableness, unsuitability, untimeliness,
     vacation, wrongness
  
  

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