Definition of intermission in English:


Syllabification: in·ter·mis·sion
Pronunciation: /ˌin(t)ərˈmiSHən


1A pause or break: he was granted an intermission in his studies the daily work goes on without intermission
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  • Vacation literally means an intermission, a period of rest, a break from routine, a time for recreation or a pause from work.
  • It is also important to leave time for discussion during the activity, through the use of predetermined or spontaneous pauses or intermissions.
  • You may have to take an intermission for a pee break around track 10, but if you crank it loud enough (which you'll want to) you won't miss a beat.
cessation, suspension
informal breather, time out
1.1An interval between parts of a play, movie, or concert.
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  • A show is structured differently from a film, with an intermission planned in the middle.
  • Yet should one recommend a play for its intermission?
  • If one complaint can be made, it's the fact that an intermission had to be inserted smack dab in the middle of this blistering musical celebration.


late Middle English: from Latin intermissio(n-), from the verb intermittere (see intermit).

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