Definition of interval
1a : a space of time between events or statesb British : intermission
2a : a space between objects, units, points, or statesb : the difference in pitch between two tones
3 : a set of real numbers between two numbers either including or excluding one or both of them
4 : one of a series of fast-paced exercises interspersed with slower ones or brief rests for training (as of an athlete)
intervallicplay \ˌin-tər-ˈva-lik\ adjective
Examples of interval in a Sentence
a three-month interval between jobs
There might be long intervals during which nothing happens.
The sun shone for brief intervals throughout the day.
There will be a 20-minute interval between acts one and two.
Recent Examples of interval from the Web
The data is then collated into an annual report and published at irregular intervals.
The contractions kept coming in shorter intervals, according to The Washington Post, and within 50 minutes of her first contraction, Penton's water broke.
Its scarcity is predetermined by the code: New bitcoins are introduced into the system at regular intervals through a process called mining.
The team projects that intervals between bleaching will get shorter and shorter if carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions continue to rise.
Aim for three longer, endurance days and 2 shorter interval days.
But HIIT circuit intervals can also range from a short to medium duration with high-intensity work sessions lasting anywhere from 20 seconds to 5 minutes.
This summer, Cadre plans to start allowing investors to resell their real estate holdings at set intervals.
What’s more, drivers who text take their eyes off the road [do so] for an average of 4.6 seconds within a six second interval.
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INTERVAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of interval for English Language Learners
: a period of time between events
music : the difference in pitch between two notes
INTERVAL Defined for Kids
Definition of interval for Students
1 : a period of time between events or states There was a short interval between shows.
2 : a space between things Signs were posted at regular intervals.
3 : the difference in pitch between two tones
Medical Definition of interval
: a space of time between events or states intervals between pregnancies
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