• IPA: /ˌɪntəˈɹʌpt/ qual verb
  • IPA: /ˈɪntəˌɹʌpt/ qual noun

interrupt (interrupts, present participle interrupting; past and past participle interrupted)

  1. (ambitransitive) To disturb or halt (an ongoing process or action, or the person performing it) by interfering suddenly.
    • c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene iii]:
      Do not interrupt me in my course.
    A maverick politician repeatedly interrupted the debate by shouting.
  2. (transitive) To divide; to separate; to break the monotony of.
    The evenness of the road was not interrupted by a single hill.
  3. (transitive, computing) To assert to (a computer) that an exceptional condition must be handled.
    The packet receiver circuit interrupted the microprocessor.
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interrupt (plural interrupts)

  1. (computing, electronics) An event that causes a computer or other device to temporarily cease what it was doing and attend to a condition.
    The interrupt caused the packet handler routine to run.

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