Definitions for INTERRUPTˌɪn təˈrʌpt; ˈɪn təˌrʌpt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•ter•ruptˌɪn təˈrʌpt; ˈɪn təˌrʌpt(v.; n.; v.t.)

  1. to cause or make a break in the continuity or uniformity of (a course, process, condition, etc.).

  2. to break off or cause to cease, as in the middle of something:

    He interrupted his work to answer the bell.

  3. to stop (a person) in the midst of something, esp. by an interjected remark.

  4. (v.i.)to interfere with action or speech, esp. by interjecting a remark:

    Please don't interrupt.

  5. (n.)a hardware or software signal that temporarily stops program execution in a computer so that another procedure can be carried out.

    Category: Computers

Origin of interrupt:

1375–1425; late ME < L interruptus, ptp. of interrumpere to break apart =inter-inter-+rumpere to burst


Princeton's WordNet

  1. interrupt(verb)

    a signal that temporarily stops the execution of a program so that another procedure can be carried out

  2. interrupt, disrupt, break up, cut off(verb)

    make a break in

    "We interrupt the program for the following messages"

  3. interrupt, disturb(verb)

    destroy the peace or tranquility of

    "Don't interrupt me when I'm reading"

  4. interrupt, disrupt(verb)

    interfere in someone else's activity

    "Please don't interrupt me while I'm on the phone"

  5. interrupt, break(verb)


    "She interrupted her pregnancy"; "break a lucky streak"; "break the cycle of poverty"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. interrupt(verb)ˌɪntɚˈʌpt

    to disturb sb's conversation or activity

    I'm sorry to interrupt, but could you help me?; Don't interrupt him while he's playing chess.

  2. interruptˌɪntɚˈʌpt

    to stop an activity from continuing

    The operation was interrupted when there was a power failure.


  1. interrupt(Noun)

    An event that causes a computer to temporarily cease what it was doing and attend to a condition

    The interrupt caused the packet handler routine to run.

  2. interrupt(Verb)

    to disturb or halt an ongoing process or action by interfering suddenly.

    A maverick politician repeatedly interrupted the debate by shouting.

  3. interrupt(Verb)

    To assert to a computer that an exceptional condition must be handled.

    The packet receiver circuit interrupted the microprocessor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Interrupt(verb)

    to break into, or between; to stop, or hinder by breaking in upon the course or progress of; to interfere with the current or motion of; to cause a temporary cessation of; as, to interrupt the remarks speaking

  2. Interrupt(verb)

    to divide; to separate; to break the monotony of; as, the evenness of the road was not interrupted by a single hill

  3. Interrupt

    broken; interrupted


  1. Interrupt

    In systems programming, an interrupt is a signal to the processor emitted by hardware or software indicating an event that needs immediate attention. An interrupt alerts the processor to a high-priority condition requiring the interruption of the current code the processor is executing, the current thread. The processor responds by suspending its current activities, saving its state, and executing a small program called an interrupt handler to deal with the event. This interruption is temporary, and after the interrupt handler finishes, the processor resumes execution of the previous thread. There are two types of interrupts: A hardware interrupt is an electronic alerting signal sent to the processor from an external device, either a part of the computer itself such as a disk controller or an external peripheral. For example, pressing a key on the keyboard or moving the mouse triggers hardware interrupts that cause the processor to read the keystroke or mouse position. Unlike the software type, hardware interrupts are asynchronous and can occur in the middle of instruction execution, requiring additional care in programming. The act of initiating a hardware interrupt is referred to as an interrupt request.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. interrupt

    1. [techspeak] n. On a computer, an event that interrupts normal processing and temporarily diverts flow-of-control through an “interrupt handler” routine. See also trap. 2. interj. A request for attention from a hacker. Often explicitly spoken. “Interrupt — have you seen Joe recently?” See priority interrupt.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'INTERRUPT' in Verbs Frequency: #695

Translations for INTERRUPT

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to stop a person while he is saying or doing something, especially by saying etc something oneself

He interrupted her while she was speaking; He interrupted her speech; Listen to me and don't interrupt!

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