in·​ter·​mis·​sion | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce intermission (audio) \

Definition of intermission

1 : an interval between the parts of an entertainment (such as the acts of a play)
2 : the act of intermitting : the state of being intermitted

Other Words from intermission

intermissionless adjective

Examples of intermission in a Sentence

We'll return after a brief intermission. an awkward intermission between speeches
Recent Examples on the Web Ogwumike had 21 points in the first half to help the Sparks take a 42-40 lead into intermission. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2022 Closing time: The Heat led 39-18 at the end of the opening period, their scoring high for any quarter this postseason, pushing that lead to 26 in the second period, before taking a 62-47 lead into the intermission. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 22 May 2022 Both teams scored goals in the first half to go into intermission tied 1-1. Reports, al, 13 May 2022 The Foxes held the Wildcats scoreless in the second quarter, but only scored two points of their own to take an 11-6 lead into intermission. oregonlive, 12 Mar. 2022 The Camel lead inflated to as high as 19, prior to taking a 29-12 lead into intermission. Evan Merrill, The Enquirer, 4 Mar. 2022 Patrick Kane answered two minutes later with his fifth goal in the last four games, but another dangerous Kane — the Oilers’ Evander — dashed the Hawks’ hopes of going into intermission with a lead. Phil Thompson,, 4 Mar. 2022 The deficit reached double figures with 9:15 to play in the half and climbed to 19 late in the half before the Gaels went into intermission leading 37-20. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Feb. 2022 The Terps took a 40-36 advantage into intermission. Ryan Mcfadden,, 3 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of intermission

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for intermission

Middle English intermyssyown, from Latin intermission-, intermissio, from intermittere

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“Intermission.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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in·​ter·​mis·​sion | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce intermission (audio) \

Kids Definition of intermission

: a pause or short break (as between acts of a play)


in·​ter·​mis·​sion | \ ˌint-ər-ˈmish-ən How to pronounce intermission (audio) \

Medical Definition of intermission

: the space of time between two paroxysms of a disease — compare arrest, cure entry 1 sense 1, remission

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