in·​ter·​rupt·​er | \ ˌin-tə-ˈrəp-tər How to pronounce interrupter (audio) \
variants: or less commonly interruptor

Definition of interrupter

: one that interrupts especially : a device for interrupting an electric current usually automatically

Examples of interrupter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jovan’s father, Jovan Davis Sr., who works with the city as a violence interrupter, said he is comforted to know that his son is safe, learning and supervised in school all day. Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, The Office of the Attorney General, which started the violence-interrupter program, is tracking numbers in areas where the crime stoppers are working. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 13 Aug. 2021 Indianapolis' violence interrupter program has a $400,000 budget and is funded through The Indianapolis Foundation's 2020 Violent Crime Prevention Grants Program, which uses city money. Elizabeth Depompei, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Aug. 2021 That includes violence interrupter programs such as Gideon’s Army or Cure Violence Global, which started in Chicago and has branched out to other cites., 7 Aug. 2021 Beloved and longtime violence interrupter, Dante Barksdale, was shot to death in January outside the Douglass Homes housing project in East Baltimore. Mckenna Oxenden,, 1 July 2021 For sure, this woman is an interrupter, and her husband is calling her on it. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 19 May 2021 For sure, this woman is an interrupter, and her husband is calling her on it. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 19 May 2021 Simply plug a pool vacuum into a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet and place it in the water. Bridget Degnan, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of interrupter

circa 1512, in the meaning defined above

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“Interrupter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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