Definitions of interruption

n an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity

break, disruption, gap
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cut-in, insert
(film) a still picture that is introduced and that interrupts the action of a film
cut-in, insert
(broadcasting) a local announcement inserted into a network program
interjection, interpellation, interpolation, interposition
the action of interjecting or interposing an action or remark that interrupts
abruption, breaking off
an instance of sudden interruption
barracking, heckling
shouting to interrupt a speech with which you disagree
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delay, holdup
the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time

n some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity

“the telephone is an annoying interruption
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dislocation, disruption
an event that results in a displacement or discontinuity
something that makes repeated and regular interruptions or divisions
abatement, hiatus, reprieve, respite, suspension
an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
eclipse, occultation
one celestial body obscures another
abatement of a fever as indicated by a reduction in body temperature
solar eclipse
the moon interrupts light from the sun
lunar eclipse
the earth interrupts light shining on the moon
total eclipse
an eclipse as seen from a place where the eclipsed body is completely obscured
partial eclipse
an eclipse in which the eclipsed body is only partially obscured
remission, remittal, subsidence
an abatement in intensity or degree (as in the manifestations of a disease)
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happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
an event that happens

n a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

break, intermission, pause, suspension
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a break or intermission in the occurrence of something
a suspension of radio or tv broadcasting
a pause or interruption (as in a conversation)
dead air
an inadvertent interruption in a broadcast during which there is no sound
delay, hold, postponement, time lag, wait
time during which some action is awaited
an intermission between the first and second half of a game
relief, respite, rest, rest period
a pause for relaxation
a brief suspension of play
letup, lull
a pause during which things are calm or activities are diminished
a mutually agreed delay in the date set for the completion of a job or payment of a debt
breath, breather, breathing place, breathing space, breathing spell, breathing time
a short respite
a legally authorized postponement before some obligation must be discharged
the extent to which something is delayed or held back
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interval, time interval
a definite length of time marked off by two instants

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