- The definition of an interval is a space or a period of time between things.
An example of an interval is a 15-minute gap between train arrivals.
The shadows of the columns come in intervals.
- a space between two things; gap; distance
- a period of time between two points of time, events, etc.; intervening period
- the extent of difference between two qualities, conditions, etc.
- ☆ intervale
- Math. the set containing all numbers between two given numbers and including one, both, or neither end point
- Music the difference in pitch between two tones
Origin of intervalMiddle English enterval, intervalle ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin intervallum, literally , space between two palisades or walls ; from inter-, between + vallum, palisade, wall
- once in a while
- here and there
- A space between objects, points, or units, especially when making uniform amounts of separation: We set up hurdles at intervals of 15 yards around the track.
- An amount of time between events, especially of uniform duration separating events in a series: We ran laps at 30-second intervals.
- A segment of an athletic workout in which an athlete runs, swims, or does other exercise over a series of predetermined distances at regular time increments with intermittent rests.
- Mathematics a. A set of numbers consisting of all the numbers between a pair of given numbers along with either, both, or none of the endpoints.b. A closed interval.c. An open interval.d. A half-open interval.e. A line segment representing the set of numbers in an interval.
- Chiefly British An intermission, as between acts of a play.
- Music The difference, usually expressed in the number of steps, between two pitches.
Origin of intervalMiddle English intervalle, from Old French, from Latin intervallum : inter-, inter- + vallum, rampart.
- in′ter·val′ic, in′ter·val′lic
- A distance in space.
- 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
- (cricket) Either of the two breaks, at lunch and tea, between the three sessions of a day's play
- interval class
- interval cycle