intermission

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n intermission the act of suspending activity temporarily
    • n intermission a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Intermission Cessation for a time; an intervening period of time; an interval; a temporary pause; as, to labor without intermission; an intermission of ten minutes. "Rest or intermission none I find."
    • Intermission Intervention; interposition.
    • Intermission The act or the state of intermitting; the state of being neglected or disused; disuse; discontinuance.
    • Intermission The short period between acts of a play, concert, opera, or other public performance when the audience may leave their seats for refreshment; -- it usually lasts from 10 to 20 minutes.
    • Intermission (Med) The temporary cessation or subsidence of a fever; the space of time between the paroxysms of a disease. Intermission is an entire cessation, as distinguished from remission, or abatement of fever.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n intermission The act of intermitting, or the state of being intermitted; temporary cessation; pause: as, to labor without intermission; intermission of the pulse.
    • n intermission In medicine, the temporary cessation or subsidence of a disease, as fever; interval between paroxysms. Intermission is an entire cessation, as distinguished from remission or abatement of fever.
    • n intermission Period of cessation; an intervening time; interval; specifically, recess at school.
    • n intermission Interference.
    • n intermission Synonyms and Rest, Suspension, etc. (see stop, n.), interval, interruption, respite.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Intermission act of intermitting: interval: pause
    • ***

Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “And I did laugh sans intermission an hour by his dial. O noble fool, a worthy fool -- motley's the only wear.”
  • Arnold H. Glasgow
    Arnold H. Glasgow
    “Make your life a mission-not an intermission.”
  • John Selden
    John%20Selden
    “Pleasure is nothing else but the intermission of pain.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. intermissio,: cf. F. intermission,. See Intermit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. intermittĕre, -missuminter, between, mittĕre, to cause to go.

Usage

In literature:

The rain held forty-eight hours without intermission.
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
From where I was we heard the explosions following one upon another without intermission.
"In the Field (1914-1915)" by Marcel Dupont
General Joffre continued without intermission to send new forces to the left.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of 12)"
Arriving during an intermission, I had a good view of the auditorium.
"American Adventures" by Julian Street
The drum beats to signal the close of the intermission.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
Mornings Carol was busy with housework, talking to herself without intermission as she worked.
"Sunny Slopes" by Ethel Hueston
Another detail is, that, during every fourth week, there should be a remission, and sometimes an intermission, of both study and exercise.
"Sex in Education" by Edward H. Clarke
Sweating without five minutes' intermission.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, Issue 2, February, 1864" by Various
Howling wind and rushing rain, without intermission.
"The Ontario Readers" by Ontario Ministry of Education
He meets them socially in a friendly way at intermissions and on the playground.
"The Recitation" by George Herbert Betts
The intermission which followed it rather, and a crowd grown strangely silent.
"Winner Take All" by Larry Evans
For three days, the artillery fire was kept up without intermission.
"With Clive in India" by G. A. Henty
There have been hunting parties without intermission.
"Continental Monthly , Vol IV, Issue VI, December 1863" by Various
Then the bombardment fairly commenced, and was continued, with only slight intermission, for six days.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No. V, May, 1863" by Various
The duration of the disorder may vary from a few months to two years, with occasional intermissions.
"Studies in Forensic Psychiatry" by Bernard Glueck
The intermission came, and still I slept on.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VI. (of X.)" by Various
In the daytime, the gambling continued with little intermission; nor had the captain any authority to stop it.
"On the Spanish Main" by John Masefield
In the decade which followed began that career of controversy which lasted, with little intermission, until his death.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
Then comes an intermission, and when Miss Hampton appears again she's wearin' that whole dozen roses pinned over her heart.
"Torchy, Private Sec." by Sewell Ford
And on this, the third day, there had been no intermission longer than ten minutes.
"The Girl on the Boat" by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
***

In poetry:

CLARIN. The whole of a twelvemonth,
When without my intermission
Moscon in possession held thee.
Now my quota in the business,
If we both have equal measure,
Is that I must have my year.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
And the world, grown old in sinning, shall deny her first beginning,
And think scorn of words which whisper how that all must pass away;
Time's arrest and intermission shall account a vain tradition,
And a dream, the reckoning day!
"Poems - Written On The Deaths Of Three Lovely Children" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

There are no second acts in American life, but there is a long intermission.
The singer performed a two-hour show with no intermission and ended with just as much energy as he started.
The tradition of a fair goes back to Roman times, when the authorities would declare an intermission of labor and tradesmen from afar sold their wares.
The Houston Texans' third-string quarterback felt compelled to take some snaps from center Chris Myers during intermission on Sunday.
David Gockley, the company's general director, announced the switch at the first intermission.
The singers took an intermission before completing the show, and meeting with patrons after.
Some people said they couldn't wait to leave at intermission.
Over the course of seven-odd hours, including two intermissions and a dinner break, thirteen actors present the 1925 novel in its entirety.
Both shows are 90 minutes, no intermission.
'Intermission' shows Wednesday in Celtic Film Series.
SAMANTHA OWENS / SPECIAL TO COURIER & PRESS Kyran Mockobee, 2, gets his face painted during intermission at the Hadi Shrine Circus in the Ford Center Thursday, November 22, 2012.
Wa-Hi built a 19-10 lead at intermission.
He'll be positioning himself in front of the goal during the first intermission, and for those looking to go up against him, be warned.
Homemade Cookies at Intermission - 772-7602 or 773-5315 for info.
" an actor asked me during the intermission of "Restoration Comedy, the new party — sorry, production — at the Flea Theater.
***