intermission Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the act of suspending activity temporarily
  2. noun a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
    break; pause; suspension; interruption.


In`ter*mis"sion noun
L. intermissio: cf. F. intermission. See Intermit.
  1. The act or the state of intermitting; the state of being neglected or disused; disuse; discontinuance. B. Jonson.
  2. Cessation for a time; an intervening period of time; an interval; a temporary pause; as, to labor without intermission; an intermission of ten minutes.
    Rest or intermission none I find. Milton.
  3. (Med.) The temporary cessation or subsidence of a fever; the space of time between the paroxysms of a disease. Intermission is an entire cessation, as distinguished from remission, or abatement of fever.
  4. Intervention; interposition. Obs. Heylin. Syn. -- Cessation; interruption; interval; pause; stop; rest; suspension. See Cessation.

Webster 1913