interrupted

adjective in·ter·rupt·ed \ ˌin-tə-ˈrəp-təd \

Definition of interrupted

1 : broken in upon : discontinuous
  • an interrupted stripe
  • interrupted service
  • an interrupted phone call
  • interrupted sleep
2 botany : not uniform : broken in arrangement or symmetry
  • … flowers whorled in interrupted clusters.
  • —Charles E. Turner
3 phonetics : consisting of or containing a stop in articulation
  • \k\ is an interrupted consonant

interruptedly

adverb
    • … Jeanne's mother had been … schoolmate and good girlfriend to Maria Gostrey, who had moreover enjoyed since then, though interruptedly … , other glimpses of her.
    • —Henry James

interruptedness

noun
    • "I am much obliged to you for giving me full notice," he said, with a firm intention in his tone, yet with an interruptedness in his delivery which showed that he spoke unwillingly.
    • —George Eliot

First Known Use of interrupted

circa 1552

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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