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- To disturb or halt an ongoing process or action by interfering suddenly.
- Do not interrupt me in my course.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 3, The Mirror and the Lamp:
- One saint's day in mid-term a certain newly appointed suffragan-bishop came to the school chapel, and there preached on “The Inner Life.” He at once secured attention by his informal method, and when presently the coughing of Jarvis […] interrupted the sermon, he altogether captivated his audience with a remark about cough lozenges being cheap and easily procurable.
- A maverick politician repeatedly interrupted the debate by shouting.
- To divide; to separate; to break the monotony of.
- The evenness of the road was not interrupted by a single hill.
- (computing) To assert to a computer that an exceptional condition must be handled.
- The packet receiver circuit interrupted the microprocessor.
to disturb or halt an ongoing process or action
to assert an exceptional condition
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interrupt (plural interrupts)
- (computing) An event that causes a computer to temporarily cease what it was doing and attend to a condition
- The interrupt caused the packet handler routine to run.
An event that causes a computer to temporarily cease