interval

play
noun in·ter·val \ ˈin-tər-vəl \

Definition of interval

1 a :a space of time between events or states
b British :intermission
2 a :a space between objects, units, points, or states
b :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)

intervallic

play \ˌin-tər-ˈva-lik\ adjective

Examples of interval in a Sentence

  1. a three-month interval between jobs

  2. There might be long intervals during which nothing happens.

  3. The sun shone for brief intervals throughout the day.

  4. There will be a 20-minute interval between acts one and two.

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Origin and Etymology of interval

Middle English intervalle, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French entreval, from Latin intervallum space between ramparts, interval, from inter- + vallum rampart — more at wall



INTERVAL Defined for English Language Learners

interval

play
noun

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

interval

play
noun in·ter·val \ ˈin-tər-vəl \

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 Dictionary

interval

play
noun in·ter·val \ ˈint-ər-vəl \

medical Definition of interval

:a space of time between events or states
  • intervals between pregnancies


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