• Breech mechanism showing interrupted thread
    Breech mechanism showing interrupted thread
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v interrupt terminate "She interrupted her pregnancy","break a lucky streak","break the cycle of poverty"
    • v interrupt destroy the peace or tranquility of "Don't interrupt me when I'm reading"
    • v interrupt interfere in someone else's activity "Please don't interrupt me while I'm on the phone"
    • v interrupt make a break in "We interrupt the program for the following messages"
    • n interrupt a signal that temporarily stops the execution of a program so that another procedure can be carried out
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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.
    • p. a Interrupt Broken; interrupted.
    • Interrupt To break into, or between; to stop, or hinder by breaking in upon the course or progress of; to interfere with the current or motion of; to cause a temporary cessation of; as, to interrupt the remarks of anyone speaking. "Do not interrupt me in my course."
    • Interrupt To divide; to separate; to break the monotony of; as, the evenness of the road was not interrupted by a single hill.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • interrupt To make a break or gap in; break the course or continuity of; hence, to break off; bring to a pause or cessation; hinder the continuation of.
    • interrupt To break in upon or disturb the action of; stop or hinder in doing something.
    • interrupt Gaping: spreading apart, as the sides of anything.
    • interrupt Irregular; interrupted.
    • interrupt Disturbed; interrupted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Interrupt in-tėr-rupt′ to break in between: to stop or hinder by breaking in upon: to divide: to break continuity
    • adj Interrupt (Milt.) gaping apart
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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. interruptus, p. p. of interrumpere, to interrupt; inter, between + rumpere, to break. See Rupture


In literature:

The roan colt interrupted this rhapsody by pawing impatiently at the ground.
"Little Lost Sister" by Virginia Brooks
A step behind him did not interrupt the soft pleadings of the tearful voice.
"The Ghost Breaker" by Charles Goddard
It seemed a pity they could not enjoy their conversation without interruption.
"The Prodigal Father" by J. Storer Clouston
Uniacke's reverie over the letter was interrupted by the appearance of the painter.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Just here this event interrupted the session of the court.
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 3, February, 1851" by Various
That a pleasant friendship is going to be interrupted if not broken by some one's carrying you off.
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
She was fond of her fantasies and would not easily interrupt them.
"The Explorer" by W. Somerset Maugham
The Citizen, nevertheless, was annoyed at the duel having been interrupted at the most critical stage.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
His secretary interrupted his thought by coming in from her own office.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
The unconsciousness is what constitutes the crime; for conscious interruption ceases to be interruption.
"Conversation" by Mary Greer Conklin

In poetry:

But the seventh fairy interrupted,
"Do not tremble nor weep!
That cruel curse I can change and soften,
And instead of death give sleep!
"The Sleeping Princess" by Clara Doty Bates
And while we talked together quietly
of so much that is old and forgotten,
My sister—-the youngest—-interrupts:
"The swallows are flying by us."
"They've Come" by Alfonsina Storni
Life returned with a cause-the way
Some strange chance once interrupted it.
Just as on that distant summer day,
I am standing in the same old street.
"Confession" by Boris Pasternak
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
Why should I weary you, dear heart, with words,
Words all discordant with a foolish pain?
Thoughts cannot interrupt or prayers do wrong,
And soft and silent as the summer rain
Mine fall upon your pathway all day long.
"Till The Day Dawn" by Susan Coolidge
"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:

At least until Pew interrupted.
This guy was eating lunch when I interrupted his meal to take this picture.
She says the "world ended" and she's "from the sky" before Hamlin interrupts to ask if she's taking her medication.
The Interrupters, an intimate journey across the violent landscape of our cities through the eyes of those working to sow peace and security, airs on FRONTLINE Feb 14.
One of the results of the High Park Fire in Northern Colorado has been the interruption of mobile communications within the area.
The Apogee® Wireless room sensors incorporate reliable, redundant mesh networking technology, ensuring that sensors are immune to signal interruption.
Rough Water Interrupts Recovery of Sunken Barge.
We Now Rudely Interrupt Your Festive Holiday Spirit.
Air traffic was interrupted for 40 minutes at Cairo's airport when sand blocked visibility.
There's one more interruption in the sea bass season that will close again after Sunday before the final reopening from Nov 1 to Dec 31.
Spacecraft able to repair themselves means fewer mission interruptions, less direct human intervention for minor fixes, and more productive journeys into space.
Cell phone use has become an obnoxious interrupter in the most unseemly of locations: in the car, at dinner, even at church or temple or in the mosque.
Watch as this reporter is interrupted by a woman that is clearly upset.
A heavy mixing of water interrupts the predawn stillness.
We interrupt your blog programming for an urget message from Mary Lucia's friend Smudge .

In science:

Other algorithms, such as FMMR , are interruptible (when time is measured in Markov chain steps), but require storage and subsequent rereading of random bits used by the algorithm.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
The method we will present is both interruptible and “readonce,” with no storage of random bits needed.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
The RR technique gives interruptible, read-once perfect samples.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
Unlike CFTP, the RR approach is interruptible, so we may abort the procedure if it needs too many steps, without introducing bias into the sample.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
A non-interrupted walk scans a set of connected nodes on the graph.
Adaptive Random Walks on the Class of Web Graph