• Breech mechanism showing interrupted thread
    Breech mechanism showing interrupted thread
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n interruption an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity "it was presented without commercial breaks","there was a gap in his account"
    • n interruption some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity "the telephone is an annoying interruption","there was a break in the action when a player was hurt"
    • n interruption a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sandwich is named for the Fourth Earl of Sandwich (1718-92), for whom sandwiches were made so that he could stay at the gambling table without interruptions for meals.
    • Interruption Obstruction caused by breaking in upon course, current, progress, or motion; stop; hindrance; as, the author has met with many interruptions in the execution of his work; the speaker or the argument proceeds without interruption.
    • Interruption Temporary cessation; intermission; suspension.
    • Interruption The act of interrupting, or breaking in upon.
    • Interruption The state of being interrupted; a breach or break, caused by the abrupt intervention of something foreign; intervention; interposition. "Lest the interruption of time cause you to lose the idea of one part."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n interruption The act of interrupting or breaking in upon anything.
    • n interruption The state of being interrupted; the state of being impeded, checked, or stopped.
    • n interruption Obstruction or hindrance caused by a breaking in upon any course, current, progress, or motion; stoppage: as, interruptions in the execution of a work.
    • n interruption Cessation; intermission; interval.
    • n interruption A prorogation of Parliament: used in the seventeenth century.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Interruption act of interrupting: hinderance: cessation
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  • Joel A. Barker
    Joel A. Barker
    “Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupted by others doing it.”
  • John Locke
    “There cannot be greater rudeness than to interrupt another in the current of his discourse.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “You know how you hate to be interrupted, so why are you always doing it to me.”
  • George Ade
    George Ade
    “In the city a funeral is just an interruption of traffic; in the country it is a form of popular entertainment.”
  • Lewis Mumford
    “Today, the degradation of the inner life is symbolized by the fact that the only place sacred from interruption is the private toilet.”
  • W. Edwards Deming
    W. Edwards Deming
    “The average American worker has fifty interruptions a day, of which seventy percent have nothing to do with work.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. interruptio,: cf. F. interruption,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. interrumpĕreinter, between, rumpĕre, ruptum, to break.


In literature:

Of necessity her new interests would be interrupted.
"Unleavened Bread" by Robert Grant
WOODCUTTER (interrupting it and going up to her with a smile).
"Second Plays" by A. A. Milne
These two interruptions did me good, though I am still a poor wretch.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
He quickly entered the centre hall from a rear door, and mounted, as he hoped, without interruption to his room.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
The stranger interrupted this painful silence.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
Each position goes over into the next without any interruption.
"The Photoplay" by Hugo Münsterberg
We have interrupted the revel too long.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
He did not interrupt the narrative, or speak at its conclusion.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
While engaged in this holy duty, Hannah was interrupted by the re-entrance of Herman.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Our talk was happily interrupted by the appearance of Mrs. Barton and the tea-tray, which at once turned Lady Betty's thoughts into a new channel.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
The fight is interrupted by the entrance of the Queen.
"The Opera" by R.A. Streatfeild
The servant disappeared, and Stafford, inwardly cursing Oku for the interruption, returned to the attack.
"Bought and Paid For" by Arthur Hornblow
The deathlike silence now reigning in the Projectile is interrupted only by the sharp ticking of the chronometer as it beats the seconds.
"All Around the Moon" by Jules Verne
The process is, however, a slow one, and one, moreover, subject to frequent interruption.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
I kept two of the country-folk to serve as postillions, and I sent the others away well paid for the interruption of their sleep.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. IV (of VI), "Adventures In The South" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
The interruption died away and the performance proceeded.
"The Secrets of a Savoyard" by Henry A. Lytton
May I ask what interrupted you?
"Mrs. Balfame" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
The two men chattering in low tones at a side table had not stood up or noticed the interruption.
"The Incendiary" by W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
His speculative survey was interrupted by Holy.
"The Long Dim Trail" by Forrestine C. Hooker
Please do not interrupt me.
"The City of Masks" by George Barr McCutcheon

In poetry:

Imperious Prima flashes forth
Her edict ``to begin it'':
In gentler tones Secunda hopes
``There will be nonsense in it!''
While Tertia interrupts the tale
Not more than once a minute.
"Prologue" by Lewis Carroll
When Rome's troops Syracusa fill'd,
Each palace, and each cot,
Who skilled in scientific lore,
Left not the precincts of his door,
Till interrupted he was kill'd
By one who knew him not ?
"Enigma XV." by Elizabeth Hitchener
Draw off my rings, and let my hands rest so ... the wretched cough
Will interrupt my feeble speech and will not be put off....
Ah, anyhow my anodyne is this--to know that you
Are near me, love me!--Kiss me now, as you were wont to do.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part IV" by Madison Julius Cawein
I use my head-piece here a bit to wriggle from the fix;
For the widow is a winner 'less I fluke a win by tricks.
An' I lets a reel mean notion (that I don't seek to excuse),
when I interrupts her rudely with, "But have you heard the news?"
"Red Robin" by C J Dennis
And Mother tells the servants that of course they must contrive
To manage all the househod things from four till half-past five,
For we really cannot suffer interruption from the cook,
When we cuddle close together with the happy Fairy-book.
"The Fairy Book" by Norman Rowland Gale
"Why, Mister Jim," she says to me. "You're very bold," says she.
"Yes, miss," I says. Then she looks up—an' that's the end of me….
"O man !" she cries. "O modest man, if you go on like this—"
But I interrupt a lady, an' I do it with a kiss.
"Grey Thrush" by C J Dennis

In news:

This after he's accused of interrupting a funeral service to demand payment from a family.
Gas service interruption due to water line leak.
Gas service for approximately 250 residents has been interrupted after damage to a natural gas line on Sunday, July 29.
Calmly watching the NFL slate on CBS, I was interrupted by a CBS news break of an Iraqi man throwing his shoes at President Bush.
When speaking with photographer Catherine Opie about her upcoming Guggenheim show, we were interrupted.
Just like any other five-year-old, he loves the Vikings, enjoys fishing, and interrupts his mother with questions and requests for pop.
A supply-chain interruption involving Japanese engine parts supplier IHI will force Embraer to delay delivery of at least six E190s to Indianapolis-based Republic Airways.
Stink bombs thrown by Nazi sympathizers interrupted at least two performances that involved Jewish artists.
Reporter from conservative website interrupts Obama during his remarks on immigration.
"I'M used to being interrupted," President Obama said Tuesday night in his second debate with Mitt Romney, an event in which each man repeatedly cut in while the other was speaking.
Obama wins title of debate Interrupter -in-Chief.
'^" Jackson worked as one of the city's six "street intervention workers, " or " interrupters " who mediated conflicts between gang members and recent shooting victims.
Che, a gorgeous young revolutionary with a cell phone, is always being interrupted by calls from his mother.
A Wells Street resident called police at 8:26 pm Oct 15, reporting he had interrupted a man who was attempting to open a screen door to his home.
Undertaker interrupts Triple H's job evaluation of John Laurinaitis.

In science:

In heavy ion collisions, the vacuum virtuality evolution is interrupted at some scale by scattering with the medium partons which increase the virtuality with respect to the vacuum evolution.
sPHENIX: An Upgrade Concept from the PHENIX Collaboration
It lacks entropy sources other than network interrupts.
The Arduino as a Hardware Random-Number Generator
Hence, an interrupt would be admissible after the category check.
Anytime Algorithms for Speech Parsing?
The interface between both types of constraints is a crucial place for the introduction of control in the parsing process in general Since we use a constraint-based grammar formalism, whose central operation is the uni(cid:12)cation of feature structures, it does not make sense to admit interrupts at any time.
Anytime Algorithms for Speech Parsing?
Certainly one might ask whether a smaller grain size makes sense, i.e. the construction of a feature structure should itself be interruptible.
Anytime Algorithms for Speech Parsing?
Nevertheless, a possibility for interrupting the computation of a feature structure could be considered in case the set of features is divided in two classes: features which are obligatory and features which are optional.
Anytime Algorithms for Speech Parsing?
At least the transaction which is active at the time an interrupt occurs has to be completed before the interrupt can be executed.
Anytime Algorithms for Speech Parsing?
Obviously for an astronomically large τeq neither experiments nor Monte Carlo simulations might be able to discriminate between aging and interrupted aging.
Monte Carlo Studies of Ising Spin Glasses and Random Field Systems
In essence, aging understood in this way is a property of off-equilibrium dynamics that becomes manifest only in particularly chosen limiting procedure for the times t and tw . A scenario like (11) with x(T ) > 0 would be called “interrupted aging”, even if τeq = ∞.
Monte Carlo Studies of Ising Spin Glasses and Random Field Systems
All our further calculations are interrupted after 50 RG steps, when the magnetization has saturated.
Quantum Ising model in a transverse random field: A density-matrix renormalization group analysis
Thus we could say that the algorithm is “temptation free.” Despite the algorithm being temptation-free, the user with a specific deadline (and re-readable randomness) may still prefer to use an “interruptible” algorithm such as Fill’s algorithm (Fill, 1998).
How to Couple from the Past Using a Read-Once Source of Randomness
An interruptible algorithm for perfect sampling via Markov chains.
How to Couple from the Past Using a Read-Once Source of Randomness
From the GeV energies to the GZK cutoff, it can be represented simply by three power-law curves interrupted by two breaks, the so-called “knee” and “ankle”.
Physics of Extremely High Energy Cosmic Rays
To send a message, a user application constructs the message in user memory, and then makes an operating system request to copy the message into a system buffer. A system interrupt is required for this operating system intervention before the message can be sent out by network hardware.
Cluster Computing White Paper
An interrupt is used to copy the message from system memory to user memory and to notify the receiving process that the message has arrived.
Cluster Computing White Paper