interruption

noun
in·​ter·​rup·​tion | \ˌin-tə-ˈrəp-shən \
plural interruptions

Definition of interruption 

1 : an act of interrupting something or someone or the state of being interrupted: such as

a : a stoppage or hindering of an activity for a time Our conversation continued without interruption for over an hour.

b : a break in the continuity of something Internet service interruptions

2 : something that causes a stoppage or break in the continuity of something a rude interruption watching television without commercial interruptions

First Known Use of interruption

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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interruption

noun
in·​ter·​rup·​tion | \ˌin-tə-ˈrəp-shən\

Kids Definition of interruption

: an act of stopping or hindering by breaking in

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