Interrupt is defined as to stop or cause something to stop for a period of time.(verb)
An example of to interrupt is to cut off a person while she is speaking.
The definition of an interrupt is a computer signal that tells the computer to stop running the current program so that a new one can be started or a circuit that carries such a signal.(noun)
An example of an interrupt is a signal to stop Microsoft Word so that a PowerPoint presentation can gear up.
See interrupt in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME interrupten < L interruptus, pp. of interrumpere, to break apart, break off < inter-, between + rumpere, to break: see rupture
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verb in·ter·rupt·ed, in·ter·rupt·ing, in·ter·rupts verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English interrupten
Origin: , from Old French interrupte, interrupted
Origin: , from Latin interruptus
Origin: , past participle of interrumpere, to break off
Origin: : inter-, inter-
Origin: + rumpere, to break; see reup- in Indo-European roots.
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