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Latin intervallum


intervallum (plural intervallums or intervalla)

  1. An interval.
    • Shakespeare
      And a' shall laugh without intervallums.
    • Chillingworth
      in one of these intervalla

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for intervallum in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)



From inter (between) + vallum (a rampart).



intervallum n (genitive intervallī); second declension

  1. The open space within the vallum of a camp or between palisades or ramparts.
  2. interval, distance
    • c. 731 CE, Bede, Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum 1.1:
      Brittania Oceani insula, cui quondam Albion nomen fuit, inter septentrionem et occidentem locata est, Germaniae, Galliae, Hispaniae, maximis Europae partibus, multo intervallo adversa.
      Britain, an island in the ocean, formerly called Albion, is situated between the north and west, facing, though at a considerable distance, the coasts of Germany, France, and Spain, which form the greatest part of Europe.
  3. interval of time, pause, intermission
  4. difference
  5. (music) interval


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative intervallum intervalla
Genitive intervallī intervallōrum
Dative intervallō intervallīs
Accusative intervallum intervalla
Ablative intervallō intervallīs
Vocative intervallum intervalla

Related terms[edit]



  • intervallum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • intervallum in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • intervallum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to be equidistant: paribus intervallis distare
    • at a great distance: longo spatio, intervallo interiecto
    • to be separated by an immense interval of space and time: intervallo locorum et temporum disiunctum esse
    • after a fairly long interval: satis longo intervallo