interruption Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
    break; gap; disruption.
    • it was presented without commercial breaks
    • there was a gap in his account
  2. noun some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity
    • the telephone is an annoying interruption
    • there was a break in the action when a player was hurt
  3. noun a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
    intermission; break; pause; suspension.


In`ter*rup"tion noun
L. interruptio: cf. F. interruption.
  1. The act of interrupting, or breaking in upon.
  2. The state of being interrupted; a breach or break, caused by the abrupt intervention of something foreign; intervention; interposition. Sir M. Hale.
    Lest the interruption of time cause you to lose the idea of one part. Dryden.
  3. Obstruction caused by breaking in upon course, current, progress, or motion; stop; hindrance; as, the author has met with many interruptions in the execution of his work; the speaker or the argument proceeds without interruption.
  4. Temporary cessation; intermission; suspension.

Webster 1913