intermission

noun
in·​ter·​mis·​sion | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmi-shən \

Definition of intermission

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

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Other Words from intermission

intermissionless adjective

Examples of intermission in a Sentence

We'll return after a brief intermission. an awkward intermission between speeches

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The much-talked-about Steve doesn’t enter the two-hour play until after the intermission. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Apartheid Drama "A Lesson From Aloes" At Hartford Stage Has Powerful, Relevant Message," 29 May 2018 Approximate running time: 95 minutes, with no intermission. Andrea Simakis, cleveland.com, "Loves, losses of Everyfamily exposed in 'The Humans' (reviews)," 13 Apr. 2018 After the intermission, the Wolverines battled to stay close but in the end the undefeated campaign fell short by 11 points. Mike May, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Perfect season falls just short for Wolverines boys basketball team," 18 Mar. 2018 De’Antae McMurray scored 18 of his 25 points in the first half and the Bulldogs (10-7, 4-0 Missouri Valley Conference) led 39-29 at intermission. Indystar Sports, Indianapolis Star, "State college basketball roundup: Shorthanded Notre Dame beats Syracuse on the road," 6 Jan. 2018 Sure, if the bass player in an aging rock band decides to retire halfway through a concert, one of the guitarists could sub in—but if the drummer decides to sign up for Social Security at intermission, the band is out of luck. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "The Awful Dangers of Calling It Quits Before You’re Done," 20 Sep. 2018 For those who remember the dark days of the pre-blond(e) years, the newest installation of Cole Cuchna’s Dissect, an engrossing and critically beloved longform music-analysis podcast, is here to illuminate the backdrop of Ocean’s intermission. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Is It Futile to 'Dissect' Frank Ocean's Work?," 17 May 2018 Coming out of intermission, the Sixers wasted no time expanding their lead. Sarah Todd, Philly.com, "Sixers post wire-to-wire rout of Grizzlies, 119-105," 21 Mar. 2018 After a sub-par first-half opening, Summit (26-1) made its own statement coming out of the intermission. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "Summit Country Day, Williamsburg fall in regional semifinals," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of intermission

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for intermission

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

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intermission

noun

English Language Learners Definition of intermission

: a short break between the parts of a performance (such as a play, movie, or concert)

intermission

noun
in·​ter·​mis·​sion | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmi-shən \

Kids Definition of intermission

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

intermission

noun
in·​ter·​mis·​sion | \ ˌint-ər-ˈmish-ən \

Medical Definition of intermission

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

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