Interval meaning

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An amount of time between events, especially of uniform duration separating events in a series.

We ran laps at 30-second intervals.

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A space between two things; gap; distance.
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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.

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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.

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(math.) The set containing all numbers between two given numbers: it may include one, both, or neither end point.
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(music) The difference in pitch between two tones.
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A period of time.

The interval between contractions during childbirth.

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(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).
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(cricket) Either of the two breaks, at lunch and tea, between the three sessions of a day's play.
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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.
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(mathematics) A connected section of the real line which may be empty or have a length of zero.
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(chiefly UK) An intermission.
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(sports) Half time, a scheduled intermission between the periods of play.
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(chiefly british) An intermission, as between acts of a play.
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(music) The difference, usually expressed in the number of steps, between two pitches.
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The extent of difference between two qualities, conditions, etc.
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at intervals
  • In a series separated by space or time:
    Trees planted at intervals; coughing at intervals.
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at intervals
  • once in a while
  • here and there
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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Origin of interval

  • Middle English intervalle from Old French from Latin intervallum inter- inter- vallum rampart

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

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary