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Definitions for interrupt
ˌɪn təˈrʌpt; ˈɪn təˌrʌptin·ter·rupt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. interruptverb

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

  2. interrupt, disrupt, break up, cut offverb

    make a break in

    "We interrupt the program for the following messages"

  3. interrupt, disturbverb

    destroy the peace or tranquility of

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

  4. interrupt, disruptverb

    interfere in someone else's activity

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

  5. interrupt, breakverb

    terminate

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

Wiktionary

  1. interruptnoun

    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. interruptverb

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

    A maverick politician repeatedly interrupted the debate by shouting.

  3. interruptverb

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

    The packet receiver circuit interrupted the microprocessor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Interruptverb

    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

    Etymology: [L. interruptus, p. p.]

  2. Interruptverb

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

    Etymology: [L. interruptus, p. p.]

  3. Interrupt

    broken; interrupted

    Etymology: [L. interruptus, p. p.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Interrupt

    in-tėr-rupt′, v.t. to break in between: to stop or hinder by breaking in upon: to divide: to break continuity.—adj. (Milt.) gaping apart.—adv. Interrup′tedly, with interruptions.—ns. Interrup′ter, Interrup′tor; Interrup′tion, act of interrupting: hinderance: cessation.—adj. Interrup′tive, tending to interrupt.—adv. Interrup′tively. [L. interrumpĕreinter, between, rumpĕre, ruptum, to break.]

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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of interrupt in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of interrupt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of interrupt in a Sentence

  1. Jeb Bush:

    You have to pivot towards what you want to say, and look at -- learn to interrupt in a way that doesn't sound like you're just oppressively rude, you've got to garner the space. You got to talk about what's important, and I'll do that. Whether I've got a consultant is not as relevant right now.

  2. Jay Sullivan:

    If you allow someone to constantly interrupt you and take over the meeting, you lose your voice, if someone isn't allowed to add value they are diminished, and they don't have a chance to really shine.

  3. Southern Command:

    This change in leadership will not interrupt the safe, humane, legal care and custody provided to the detainee population at GTMO.

  4. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    General Napoleon says that ‘Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.’ Well, I suggest doing the opposite: Interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. Don’t be opportunist; don’t benefit from the weakness of your enemy! Be just even to your enemy! Try to find a way to defeat him without harming him; prove to be as intelligent as to find such a way! Only then, your victory will be meaningful and honourable!

  5. Rex Tillerson:

    And I said: 'I don't want to interrupt what y'all are doing.' I said: 'Give me a call next time you're coming to town.' And I left it at that.

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