Definitions of interruption
  1. noun
    an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
    synonyms: 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
  2. noun
    some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity
    “the telephone is an annoying interruption
    synonyms: break
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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
  3. noun
    a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
    synonyms: 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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