Definition of interrupt in English:

interrupt

Line breaks: inter|rupt
Pronunciation: /ɪntəˈrʌpt
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 2Break the continuity of (a line or surface): the coastal plain is interrupted by chains of large lagoons
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    • In these and other objects of the time, Noguchi used simple shapes with surfaces interrupted by additions or deletions that are geometric or nearly so.
    • The still surface was interrupted by something else floating nearby.
    • It is hard to imagine a more isolated and remote spot, set in the heart of the open Suffolk countryside where few landmarks interrupt the flat horizon.
    Synonyms
    break up, break, punctuate, intersperse; pepper, strew, dot, scatter
  • 2.1Obstruct (something, especially a view).
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    • On the night bus, stealthily ogling the East European porn-star lookalike across the aisle, my view was interrupted by someone sitting down next to me.
    • Just then, Pace leaned forward and his oversize head interrupted my view of the seductress.
    • Tall as it is, there are no pillars to hold up its glazed roof, or to interrupt the view of MSPs or their audience.
    Synonyms

Derivatives

interruptible

adjective
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  • Dependency on uncertain and interruptible energy supplies from Middle Eastern states is a crucial strategic issue that must be resolved to assure the long-term security of Israel, the United States and the world's other democracies.
  • Now it's part of corporate surveillance - checking to see if you're at your desk, if you're instantly interruptible.
  • A person seeking another person's attention is normally able to quickly assess how interruptible the other person currently is.

interruptive

adjective
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  • There is, for some men, a whole way of being in the world that involves no self-consciousness at all, in which all their human interactions are unmediated except through the force of their interruptive personalities.
  • And you know, of course, that was terribly interruptive.
  • Programme makers and advertisers reached millions of people simultaneously with their messages, and marketers created power brands through interruptive advertising.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin interrupt- 'broken, interrupted', from the verb interrumpere, from inter- 'between' + rumpere 'to break'.

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