Interrupt meaning

ĭntə-rŭpt
To stop (someone engaged in an activity) by saying or doing something.

The baby interrupted me while I was on the phone.

verb
9
2
A signal that gets the attention of the CPU and is usually generated when I/O is required. For example, hardware interrupts are generated when a key is pressed or when the mouse is moved. Software interrupts are generated by a program requiring disk input or output.An internal timer may continually interrupt the computer several times per second to keep the time of day current or for timesharing purposes.When an interrupt occurs, control is transferred to the operating system, which determines the action to be taken. Interrupts are prioritized; the higher the priority, the faster the interrupt will be serviced.
6
1
To break the continuity or uniformity of.

Rain interrupted our baseball game.

verb
6
2
A circuit that conveys a signal stopping the execution of a running program.
noun
4
2
To cause an activity to stop by saying or doing something.
verb
1
0
Advertisement
To make a break in the continuity of; cut off; obstruct.
verb
1
0
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.

An example of an interrupt is a signal to stop Microsoft Word so that a PowerPoint presentation can gear up.

noun
1
1
Interrupt is defined as to stop or cause something to stop for a period of time.

An example of to interrupt is to cut off a person while she is speaking.

verb
0
0
A signal to a computer that stops the execution of a running program so that another action can be performed.
noun
0
0
To make an interruption, esp. in another's speech, action, etc.
verb
0
0
Advertisement

A maverick politician repeatedly interrupted the debate by shouting.

verb
0
0
To divide; to separate; to break the monotony of.

The evenness of the road was not interrupted by a single hill.

verb
0
0
(computing) To assert to a computer that an exceptional condition must be handled.

The packet receiver circuit interrupted the microprocessor.

verb
0
0
(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.

noun
0
0

Origin of interrupt

  • Middle English interrupten from Old French interrupte interrupted from Latin interruptus past participle of interrumpere to break off inter- inter- rumpere to break reup- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin interruptus, from interrumpere (“to break apart, break to pieces, break off, interrupt”), from inter (“between”) + rumpere (“to break”).

    From Wiktionary