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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For most of that intermission, the second in the opera, the orchestra pit was nearly empty. Leah Garchik,, "S.F. Opera showed off its gleaming ‘Ring’," 1 July 2018 Before the Gators went to intermission, Franks was 3-of-14 passing for 14 yards and two interceptions while redshirt sophomore Kyle Trask was 7-of-10 passing for 76 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Edgar Thompson,, "UF QB Feleipe Franks flounders, Kyle Trask gains ground during Gator scrimmage," 31 Mar. 2018 Pearland's Thompson then made two free throws to trim the lead to 21-18 four seconds prior to intermission. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Girls' basketball: Alvin topples Pearland, 49-42," 14 Feb. 2018 Muti met with eight of the committee’s nine members (the ninth was out of town and could not take part in the voting) during intermission of his CSO concert Saturday night at Symphony Center. John Von Rhein,, "CSO hires new principal oboe, Willliam Welter, one of its youngest first chairs ever," 26 June 2018 The challenge — in which a youth player, fan and local celebrity compete — takes place during the second intermission of Fuel home games, and last night's occurred during a bout against the Fort Wayne Komets. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Brebeuf student first to nail $50,000 shot to win Indy Fuel challenge," 6 Jan. 2018 The second intermission was subdued, with the arena growing somewhat close to quiet for the first time all night. Emma Baccellieri,, "Capitals Fans Celebrate Stanley Cup Win in the Streets of D.C. After Game 5 Watch Party," 8 June 2018 As the third power play of the first frame struggled to get any scoring chances, the team was booed off the ice for first intermission. Isabelle Khurshudyan,, "Home is hardly an advantage as Lightning even series vs. Capitals," 18 May 2018 Actual order will be announced during the second intermission of the San Jose-Vegas game Saturday night. Matthew Defranks,, "Panthers remain with No. 15 pick after NHL draft lottery," 28 Apr. 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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English Language Learners Definition of intermission

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


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

Kids Definition of intermission

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


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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