intermission

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

Definition of intermission

  1. 1 :  the act of intermitting :  the state of being intermitted

  2. 2 :  an interval between the parts of an entertainment (such as the acts of a play)

intermissionless

adjective

Examples of intermission in a Sentence

  1. We'll return after a brief intermission.

  2. an awkward intermission between speeches

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Origin and Etymology of intermission

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


INTERMISSION Defined for English Language Learners

intermission

play
noun

Definition of intermission for English Language Learners

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


INTERMISSION Defined for Kids

intermission

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

Definition of intermission for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

intermission

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

Medical Definition of intermission

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



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