Definitions for Intervalˈɪn tər vəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•ter•valˈɪn tər vəl(n.)

  1. an intervening period of time:

    an interval of 50 years.

  2. a period of temporary cessation; pause.

  3. a space between things, points, limits, etc.:

    an interval of ten.

  4. Math. the totality of points on a line between two designated points or endpoints that may or may not be included. any generalization of this to higher dimensions, as a rectangle with sides parallel to the coordinate axes.

    Category: Math

  5. the space between soldiers or units in military formation.

  6. the difference in pitch between two tones sounded simultaneously or successively.

    Category: Music and Dance

  7. Brit.

    Category: British

    Ref: intermission (def. 1). 1

Idioms for interval:

  1. at intervals, now and then. here and there.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of interval:

1250–1300; ME < L intervallum interval, gap; see inter-, wall

in•ter•val•icˌɪn tərˈvæl ɪk(adj.)

in•ter•val•licˌɪn tərˈvæl ɪk(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. time interval, interval(noun)

    a definite length of time marked off by two instants

  2. interval(noun)

    a set containing all points (or all real numbers) between two given endpoints

  3. interval, separation(noun)

    the distance between things

    "fragile items require separation and cushioning"

  4. interval, musical interval(noun)

    the difference in pitch between two notes

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. interval(noun)ˈɪn tər vəl

    the time or space between one thing and another

    a ten-year interval; Take the pills at regular intervals.; The posts are at intervals of 5 meters.

  2. intervalˈɪn tər vəl

    ***intermission

    ***We got a drink in the interval.

Wiktionary

  1. interval(Noun)

    A distance in space.

  2. interval(Noun)

    A period of time.

  3. interval(Noun)

    The difference (a ratio or logarithmic measure) in pitch between two notes, often referring to those two pitches themselves (otherwise known as a dyad).

  4. interval(Noun)

    A connected section of the real line which may be empty or have a length of zero.

  5. interval(Noun)

    An intermission.

  6. interval(Noun)

    half time, a scheduled intermission between the periods of play

  7. interval(Noun)

    Either of the two breaks, at lunch and tea, between the three sessions of a day's play

Webster Dictionary

  1. Interval(noun)

    a space between things; a void space intervening between any two objects; as, an interval between two houses or hills

  2. Interval(noun)

    space of time between any two points or events; as, the interval between the death of Charles I. of England, and the accession of Charles II

  3. Interval(noun)

    a brief space of time between the recurrence of similar conditions or states; as, the interval between paroxysms of pain; intervals of sanity or delirium

  4. Interval(noun)

    difference in pitch between any two tones

  5. Interval(noun)

    alt. of Intervale

Freebase

  1. Interval

    In music theory, an interval is the difference between two pitches. An interval may be described as horizontal, linear, or melodic if it refers to successively sounding tones, such as two adjacent pitches in a melody, and vertical or harmonic if it pertains to simultaneously sounding tones, such as in a chord. In Western music, intervals are most commonly differences between notes of a diatonic scale. The smallest of these intervals is a semitone. Intervals smaller than a semitone are called microtones. They can be formed using the notes of various kinds of non-diatonic scales. Some of the very smallest ones are called commas, and describe small discrepancies, observed in some tuning systems, between enharmonically equivalent notes such as C♯ and D♭. Intervals can be arbitrarily small, and even imperceptible to the human ear. In scientific terms, an interval is the ratio between two sonic frequencies. For example, any two notes an octave apart have a frequency ratio of 2:1. This means that successive increments of pitch by the same interval result in an exponential increase of frequency, even though the human ear perceives this as a linear increase in pitch. For this reason, intervals are often measured in cents, a unit derived from the logarithm of the frequency ratio.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. interval

    1. The space between adjacent groups of ships or boats measured in any direction between the corresponding ships or boats in each group. 2. The space between adjacent individuals, ground vehicles, or units in a formation that are placed side by side, measured abreast. 3. The space between adjacent aircraft measured from front to rear in units of time or distance. 4. The time lapse between photographic exposures. 5. At battery right or left, an interval ordered in seconds is the time between one gun firing and the next gun firing. Five seconds is the standard interval. 6. At rounds of fire for effect the interval is the time in seconds between successive rounds from each gun.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Interval' in Nouns Frequency: #1382


Translations for Interval

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

interval(noun)

a time or space between

He returned home after an interval of two hours.

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