interval

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noun in·ter·val \ˈin-tər-vəl\

Definition of interval

  1. 1 a :  a space of time between events or states b British :  intermission

  2. 2 a :  a space between objects, units, points, or states b :  difference in pitch between tones

  3. 3 :  a set of real numbers between two numbers either including or excluding one or both of them

  4. 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.

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

interval

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noun in·ter·val \ˈin-tər-vəl\

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

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noun in·ter·val \ˈin-tər-vəl\

Definition of interval for Students

  1. 1 :  a period of time between events or states <There was a short interval between shows.>

  2. 2 :  a space between things <Signs were posted at regular intervals.>

  3. 3 :  the difference in pitch between two tones


Medical Dictionary

interval

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noun in·ter·val \ˈint-ər-vəl\

Medical Definition of interval

  1. :  a space of time between events or states <intervals between pregnancies>



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