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- IPA(key): /ˌɪntəˈɹʌpt/ (verb)
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- Rhymes: -ʌpt (verb)
- IPA(key): /ˈɪntəˌɹʌpt/ (noun)
- Hyphenation: in‧ter‧rupt
- (transitive, intransitive) To disturb or halt (an ongoing process or action, or the person performing it) by interfering suddenly.
- c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene iii]:
- Do not interrupt me in my course.
- 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 3, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- One saint's day in mid-term a certain newly appointed suffragan-bishop came to the school chapel, and there preached on “The Inner Life.” He at once secured attention by his informal method, and when presently the coughing of Jarvis […] interrupted the sermon, he altogether captivated his audience with a remark about cough lozenges being cheap and easily procurable.
- A maverick politician repeatedly interrupted the debate by shouting.
- (transitive) To divide; to separate; to break the monotony of.
- The evenness of the road was not interrupted by a single hill.
- (transitive, computing) To assert to (a computer) that an exceptional condition must be handled.
- The packet receiver circuit interrupted the microprocessor.
to disturb or halt an ongoing process or action
to assert an exceptional condition
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interrupt (plural interrupts)
- (computing, electronics) An event that causes a computer or other device to temporarily cease what it was doing and attend to a condition.
- The interrupt caused the packet handler routine to run.
An event that causes a computer to temporarily cease