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
A lawn mown at this higher level will stay green longer into summer and show drought stress later, which increases intervals between watering.
Those circles are placed along the forecast track specific time intervals (12, 24, 36 hours, etc.).
The high-intensity interval training that challenges the heart rate while burning calories combined with a schedule that keeps things interesting by mixing up workouts each day yields results that other exercises or routines don’t, Fearer explained.
Park Hyatt Chicago: The hotel has paired up with local trainers from the Shred415 workout program to offer guests a calorie-blasting interval training session on the spa's garden terrace.
At intervals during Saturday's talk, the panelists took the opportunity to critique Orleans Parish prosecutors from the days of former District Attorney Harry Connick to current DA Leon Cannizzaro.
After the interval, Matuidi came close to breaking the deadlock but the Angers 'keeper parred the effort.
Saturday will be mostly cloudy with some intervals of sunshine and temperatures in the mid-60s to near 70 degrees.
This is the velocity when the time interval gets really small.
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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
First Known Use: 14th century
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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