From Old French intervalle, from Latin intervallum (“space between, interval, distance, interval of time, pause, difference; literally, space between two palisades or walls”), from inter (“between”) + vallum (“palisade, wall”).
interval (plural intervals)
- A distance in space.
- 'Twixt host and host but narrow space was left, / A dreadful interval.
- A period of time.
- the interval between contractions during childbirth
- (music) The difference (a ratio or logarithmic measure) in pitch between two notes, often referring to those two pitches themselves (otherwise known as a dyad).
- (mathematics) A connected section of the real line which may be empty or have a length of zero.
- (chiefly UK) An intermission.
- (sports) half time, a scheduled intermission between the periods of play
2011 November 12, “International friendly: England 1-0 Spain”, BBC Sport:
- Spain made three substitutions at the interval, sending on former Arsenal captain Fabregas, Chelsea's Juan Mata and Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina for Xavi, David Silva and Casillas.
- (cricket) Either of the two breaks, at lunch and tea, between the three sessions of a day's play
music: distance in pitch of notes
cricket: break between sessions
- IPA(key): /intěrʋaːl/
- Hyphenation: in‧ter‧val
intèrvāl m (Cyrillic spelling интѐрва̄л)
declension of interval