- 1An intervening time or space: after his departure, there was an interval of many years without any meetings the intervals between meals were very shortMore example sentences
- The sunny weather somehow morphed into gales, bright sunny intervals, a thunderstorm that would not have been out of place in the tropics and light showers.
- It was a very showery day yesterday, with a number of heavy downpours between sunny intervals.
- Be committed to eating smaller meals at regular intervals.
- 2A pause; a break in activity: an interval of mourningMore example sentences
- Basically, interval training alternates short bursts of higher-intensity exercise with intervals of slower activity that allow the body a little break.
- Whether you choose to run, cycle, swim or use cardiovascular gym equipment, break up a 30 minute workout with intervals of hard activity so that you push yourself just beyond your comfort zone.
- However, if the pause intervals are too long, physiological systems will not be stressed enough to induce a training effect.
- 2.1British An intermission separating parts of a theatrical or musical performance.More example sentences
- Performances were divided into five acts separated by intervals during which music was played.
- And after the interval comes some of the fiercest theatrical drumming I've heard since Ariane Mnouchkine's production of The Oresteia.
- The string quartet will play during the reception and there will be a licensed bar during the interval and throughout the performance.
- 2.2British A break between the parts of an athletic contest: leading 3-0 at the intervalMore example sentences
- They were unfortunate not to have held the lead at the interval, after matching the lively home side in most aspects of play.
- Play was on the halfway line when the interval came, with France leading by two goal points.
- But if that goal seconds before the interval left the game poised on a knife edge it was nothing compared to what followed in the opening 13 minutes of the second period.
- 3A space between two things; a gap.More example sentences
- There was nothing in the four feet wide gap but windowless knobbed doors spaced at even intervals; none of them had a label in which to portray the doors' purposes.
- A well-trodden path wends its way around the water - apart from a spot where a small natural wood hugs the shoreline - and sturdy platforms are spaced at regular intervals.
- Six hundred giant pylons, spaced at 300 metre intervals, are needed simply to carry the weight of the massive 400,000 volt power lines.
- 3.1The difference in pitch between two musical sounds.More example sentences
- In tonal music the intervals between the successive pitches are not literally replicated but become the equivalents within the diatonic scale.
- The composer here plays with the sounds of particular intervals as much as complete melodies.
- I think there is a psychological aspect to it: that the musician remains effected by the very sound of the intervals.
- 4A component of activity in interval training: use one day a week for short, sprint intervalsMore example sentences
- Be cautious with these intervals if you have knee issues, or do not do them at all.
- Do 2 sets of 3 - 5 intervals, resting 3 - 5 minutes in between.
- Warm up for five minutes, then do sprint intervals.
- 1With time between, not continuously: the light flashed at intervalsMore example sentences
- The appointment of Australians, at intervals from 1931 and continuously from 1965, broke this link.
- From these little blobs the sun threw back at intervals bright flashes of steel as the tribesmen waved their swords.
- Tallages continued to be demanded at intervals until 1340, when Edward III agreed that the consent of Parliament must be obtained.
- 2With spaces between: the path is marked with rocks at intervalsMore example sentences
- Folded sediments of pink-brown rock rise on either side, broken at intervals by dark basalt columns of solidified magma and occasional leopard caves.
- The ceiling was domed and pillars were placed periodically at intervals to show their golden and chrome beauty to the crowd.
- In both directions I encountered a few stretches where there were countdowns to a 50 mph limit, which was then posted at intervals along the central reservation.
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- In America this intervallic source is contained in the opening flute line which, as we have already seen, is reiterated by the mezzo-soprano at the climax of the first part of the first movement.
- I may start a piece inspired by some kind of intervallic symmetry or mathematical relationship (axial symmetry of a particular set, for example) but later, as the writing progresses faster, intuition takes place completely.
- Since twentieth-century music often is less melodic in a traditional sense, pianists are required to perform large leaps, execute quick changes in direction and negotiate unusual intervallic groupings and clusters.
Middle English: from Old French entrevalle, based on Latin intervallum 'space between ramparts, interval', from inter- 'between' + vallum 'rampart'.