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 on the WebZone 1 is the coldest, and Zone 13 is the warmest, counting in 10 degree intervals.—Christianna Silva, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Nov. 2023 Melt butter and chocolate: Place butter in a microwavable bowl, and heat on HIGH in 30-second intervals, stirring after each, until melted (about 1 minute total).—Ivy Odom, Southern Living, 24 Nov. 2023 The drug was administered in two intervals as Kelley relaxed into a recliner.—Daliah Singer, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Nov. 2023 Historical research shows that low- to moderate-intensity wildfire—sparked by either lightning or Indigenous peoples—occurred at six- to 35-year intervals, greatly reducing fuel loads.—WIRED, 18 Nov. 2023 The only signs of roadside life were the silhouettes of Israeli infantrymen who guarded the route at strategic intervals.—Patrick Kingsley Daniel Berehulak, New York Times, 17 Nov. 2023 Wrap pieces of satin, velvet, or grosgrain ribbon (5/8-inch or narrower) around the ball at equal intervals, securing the ribbons' ends with hot glue at the bottom of the ornament.—Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Nov. 2023 After a sign at a Colorado theater advertising their eight-minute interval went viral, producer Apple, distributor Paramount, and editor Thelma Schoonmaker took the necessary steps to halt such modifications, on the grounds that Scorsese intended no such break.—Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 31 Oct. 2023 After a very British interval, the band started the second half of the show with a tricky translucent screen at the front of the stage.—Brad Auerbach, SPIN, 18 Oct. 2023 See More
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Middle English intervalle, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French entreval, from Latin intervallum space between ramparts, interval, from inter- + vallum rampart — more at wall