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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With six seniors starting at attack and midfield, Hamilton-Wenham (6-0) was able to start fast, opening an 8-1 lead by intermission. Nate Weitzer,, "Hamilton-Wenham boys’ lacrosse has an answer for Ipswich," 25 Apr. 2018 With Dragic up to 22 points by the intermission, the teams went into halftime tied 50-50, with a Dragic basket forging that tie. Ira Winderman,, "Heat salvage trip behind Dragic's 30 with 92-91 win over Lakers," 17 Mar. 2018 The sophomore shooting guard scored 15 by intermission. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Miles Bridges 'took over the game' to lead Michigan State past Bucknell," 17 Mar. 2018 Although the lead was just five with five minutes to play in the first half, the fans watched the lead expand to 14 by intermission. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Ravens use Anders Gym finale to belt Angelina 96-74," 1 Mar. 2018 Yet, undeterred, Butler would drive it to the basket once again drawing the foul and the Rebels ultimately tied the game at 33 by intermission. Hank Brady,, "Riverside 71, Landry-Walker 62: Jared Butler drops 19 as Rebels roll to 23-0," 9 Jan. 2018 By intermission, Jason and Mark are that religion’s unwilling high priests, wearing glittery robes and Ziegfeld headgear (by Dede M. Ayite) that would make a cardinal — the bird or the prelate — blush. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Mankind,’ Men Are Men and Women Are Extinct," 8 Jan. 2018 The Stray Letter: True to the epistolary age in which it was written, letters play a huge role in Farquhar’s plot, which grows especially confusing and diffuse after intermission. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Love and death in Spring Green: 'The Recruiting Officer,' 'Exit the King'," 3 July 2018 Eighteen of his points came on 7-for-10 shooting after intermission. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers' Joel Embiid hopes Celtics continue to guard him one-on-one in Game 2," 2 May 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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