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 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 Selections 15-4 will be announced before 8 p.m., and picks 1-3 are expected to be released during the second intermission of San Jose vs. Vegas (8 p.m., NBC). Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings learn 2018 NHL draft lottery results: Live updates," 28 Apr. 2018 Carter injected life into the Kings with an equally adept deflection on Derek Forbort's shot 28 seconds before the first intermission, as Coyotes defenseman Kevin Connauton tried to get him out of the slot. Curtis Zupke,, "Jeff Carter and Kings have the hot hand in win over Coyotes," 30 Mar. 2018 Penn State’s intensity began to pick up in the second half of the period, but Denver converted on a late power-play opportunity and took a 4-0 lead into the second intermission after a redirection goal by Jarid Lukosevicius at 19:58 of the period. Tyler King,, "Penn State eliminated by Denver in NCAA hockey tournament," 24 Mar. 2018 Seconds after missing an open shot on goal from a nifty Tim Arena pass, Owen Lacourciere made up for it by burying an Eric Schweitzer assist for the 2-0 lead into the first intermission. Sean Begin,, "Boys Hockey: Farmington Valley Wins Division II Title In Rout Of Defending Champ Guilford," 16 Mar. 2018 Tim Philbin said the coaching staff spent the second intermission helping the players regain their composure. Dave Melton, Post-Tribune, "Crown Point's Joe Shaughnessy sees 'net move' before Hamilton Southeastern rallies in boys hockey state final," 14 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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The first known use of intermission was in the 15th century

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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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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