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 : difference in pitch between 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.
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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