What does interrupt mean?

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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Interruptverb

    Etymology: interrompre, Fr. interruptus, Lat.

    Rage doth rend
    Like interrupted waters, and o'erbear
    What they are used to bear. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    He might securely enough have engaged his body of horse against their whole inconsiderable army, there being neither tree nor bush to interrupt his charge. Edward Hyde, b. ii.

    This motion of the heavenly bodies seems partly uninterrupted, as that of the first moveable interpolated and interrupted. Matthew Hale.

    Answer not before thou hast heard the cause; neither interrupt men in the midst of their talk. Ecclus. xi. 8.

    Seest thou what rage
    Transports our adversary, whom no bounds,
    Nor yet the main abyss wide interrupt, can hold. John Milton.

Wikipedia

  1. Interrupt

    In digital computers, an interrupt (sometimes referred to as a trap) is a request for the processor to interrupt currently executing code (when permitted), so that the event can be processed in a timely manner. If the request is accepted, the processor will suspend its current activities, save its state, and execute a function called an interrupt handler (or an interrupt service routine, ISR) to deal with the event. This interruption is often temporary, allowing the software to resume normal activities after the interrupt handler finishes, although the interrupt could instead indicate a fatal error.Interrupts are commonly used by hardware devices to indicate electronic or physical state changes that require time-sensitive attention. Interrupts are also commonly used to implement computer multitasking, especially in real-time computing. Systems that use interrupts in these ways are said to be interrupt-driven.

ChatGPT

  1. interrupt

    An interrupt is a signal or command that temporarily stops, halts, or breaks the normal flow of a process, program, or operation in a computer system. This allows immediate attention to be given to a specific function or urgent task, typically from the system's hardware or operating system. Once the interrupt has been addressed, the process or operation resumes from where it left off.

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

  2. Interruptverb

    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

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

Wikidata

  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. Jane Houlihan:

    Their brain is forming rapidly, and so when they're exposed to metals that can interrupt those natural processes, the impacts range from behavioral problems to aggression to IQ loss and all kinds of cognitive and behavioral deficits that can persist throughout life, pound for pound, babies get the highest dose of these heavy metals compared to other parts of the population.

  2. Steve Maraboli:

    Interrupt your own speaking with your own actions."

  3. Jorge Piedrahita:

    It is clear also that holdouts do not have the capacity to interrupt an issue like this.

  4. Raymond Chandler:

    Would you convey my compliments to the purist who reads your proofs and tell him or her that I write in a sort of broken-down patois which is something like the way a Swiss waiter talks, and that when I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will stay split, and when I interrupt the velvety smoothness of my more or less literate syntax with a few sudden words of bar-room vernacular, that is done with the eyes wide open and the mind relaxed but attentive.

  5. Emily Sickbert-Bennett:

    The most important thing is really thinking about the chain of infection, where are the points along that chain where you can interrupt it?

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