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## in·ter·val

(ĭn′tər-vəl)
n.
1. A space between objects, points, or units, especially when making uniform amounts of separation: We set up hurdles at intervals of 15 yards around the track.
2. An amount of time between events, especially of uniform duration separating events in a series: We ran laps at 30-second intervals.
3. A segment of an athletic workout in which an athlete runs, swims, or does other exercise over a series of predetermined distances at regular time increments with intermittent rests.
4. Mathematics
a. A set of numbers consisting of all the numbers between a pair of given numbers along with either, both, or none of the endpoints.
b. A closed interval.
c. An open interval.
d. A half-open interval.
e. A line segment representing the set of numbers in an interval.
5. Chiefly British An intermission, as between acts of a play.
6. Music The difference, usually expressed in the number of steps, between two pitches.
Idiom:
at intervals
In a series separated by space or time: trees planted at intervals; coughing at intervals.

[Middle English intervalle, from Old French, from Latin intervallum : inter-, inter- + vallum, rampart.]

## interval

(ˈɪntəvəl)
n
1. the period of time marked off by or between two events, instants, etc
2. the distance between two points, objects, etc
3. a pause or interlude, as between periods of intense activity
4. Brit a short period between parts of a play, concert, film, etc; intermission
5. (Classical Music) music the difference of pitch between two notes, either sounded simultaneously (harmonic interval) or in succession as in a musical part (melodic interval). An interval is calculated by counting the (inclusive) number of notes of the diatonic scale between the two notes: the interval between C and G is a fifth.
6. (General Physics) the ratio of the frequencies of two sounds
7. (Mathematics) maths the set containing all real numbers or points between two given numbers or points, called the endpoints. A closed interval includes the endpoints, but an open interval does not
8. at intervals
a. occasionally or intermittently
b. with spaces between
[C13: from Latin intervallum, literally: space between two palisades, from inter- + vallum palisade, rampart]

## in•ter•val

(ˈɪn tər vəl)

n.
1. an intervening period of time: an interval of 50 years.
2. a period of temporary cessation; pause.
3. a space between things, points, limits, etc.: an interval of ten.
4. Math.
a. the totality of points on a line between two designated points or endpoints that may or may not be included.
b. any generalization of this to higher dimensions, as a rectangle with sides parallel to the coordinate axes.
5. the space between soldiers or units in military formation.
6. the difference in pitch between two tones sounded simultaneously or successively.
Idioms:
at intervals,
a. now and then.
b. here and there.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Latin intervallum interval, gap; see inter-, wall]
in•ter•val•ic, in•ter•val•lic (ˌɪn tərˈvæl ɪk) adj.

## interval

1. The space between adjacent groups of ships or boats measured in any direction between the corresponding ships or boats in each group.
2. The space between adjacent individuals, ground vehicles, or units in a formation that are placed side by side, measured abreast.
3. The space between adjacent aircraft measured from front to rear in units of time or distance.
4. The time lapse between photographic exposures.
5. At battery right or left, an interval ordered in seconds is the time between one gun firing and the next gun firing. Five seconds is the standard interval.
6. At rounds of fire for effect the interval is the time in seconds between successive rounds from each gun.
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 Noun 1 interval - a definite length of time marked off by two instantstime intervalquantity, measure, amount - how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantifyaccess time - (computer science) the interval between the time data is requested by the system and the time the data is provided by the drive; "access time is the sum of seek time and rotational latency and command processing overhead"distance, space - the interval between two times; "the distance from birth to death"; "it all happened in the space of 10 minutes"embolism, intercalation - an insertion into a calendarseek time - (computer science) the time it takes for a read/write head to move to a specific data tracktime constant - (electronics) the time required for the current or voltage in a circuit to rise or fall exponentially through approximately 63 per cent of its amplitudetime slot, slot - a time assigned on a schedule or agenda; "the TV program has a new time slot"; "an aircraft landing slot"lunitidal interval - interval between the moon's transit of a particular meridian and the next high tide at that meridianabsence - the time interval during which something or somebody is away; "he visited during my absence"pause, suspension, intermission, interruption, break - a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of somethinginterlude - an intervening period or episodeinterim, meantime, meanwhile, lag - the time between one event, process, or period and another; "meanwhile the socialists are running the government"latent period - the time that elapses before the presence of a disease is manifested by symptomslatent period, reaction time, response time, latency - the time that elapses between a stimulus and the response to iteternity - a seemingly endless time interval (waiting)cycle, round, rhythm - an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs; "the never-ending cycle of the seasons"lead time - the time interval between the initiation and the completion of a production process; "the lead times for many publications can vary tremendously"; "planning is an area where lead time can be reduced"period - the interval taken to complete one cycle of a regularly repeating phenomenonfloat - the time interval between the deposit of a check in a bank and its paymentlatency, rotational latency - (computer science) the time it takes for a specific block of data on a data track to rotate around to the read/write headprocessing time - the time it takes to complete a prescribed procedure; "they increased output by decreasing processing time" 2 interval - a set containing all points (or all real numbers) between two given endpointsbounded interval, closed interval - an interval that includes its endpointsopen interval, unbounded interval - an interval that does not include its endpointssub-interval - an interval that is included in another intervalset - (mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols; "the set of prime numbers is infinite" 3 interval - the distance between things; "fragile items require separation and cushioning"separationdistance - the property created by the space between two objects or pointsclearance - the distance by which one thing clears another; the space between them 4 interval - the difference in pitch between two notesmusical intervalmusical notation - (music) notation used by musicianswhole step, whole tone, step, tone - a musical interval of two semitoneshalf step, semitone - the musical interval between adjacent keys on a keyboard instrumentquarter tone, quarter-tone - half of a semitonemusical octave, octave - a musical interval of eight tonesthird - the musical interval between one note and another three notes away from it; "a simple harmony written in major thirds"fourth - the musical interval between one note and another four notes away from itfifth - the musical interval between one note and another five notes away from itsixth - the musical interval between one note and another six notes away from itseventh - the musical interval between one note and another seven notes away from it

## interval

noun
1. There was a long interval of silence.
2. During the interval, wine was served.
3. the interval between her arrival and lunch
4. figures separated by intervals of pattern and colour

## interval

noun
A space or interval between objects or points:
Translations
فَاصِلٌفاصِلَه موسيقيَّهفَتْرَه، مُدَّه
intervalpřestávka
intervalpauseafbrydelse
aikaväli
interval
idõköz
hlémillibil, hlé

간격
kartkartėmistarpais
intervālsstarpbrīdisstarplaiks
odmorpresledekrazmik
intervall
ช่วงเวลา
khoảng thời gian giữa hai sự kiện

## interval

[ˈɪntəvəl] N
1. (in time, space) → (Theat) → ; (more formally) → (Sport) (= half time) →
at intervals (in time) → ; (in space) → a intervalos, cada cierta distancia
at regular intervals (in time, space) →
baste the meat at intervals of 15 minutes or at 15-minute intervalsrocíe la carne con su jugo cada 15 minutos
sunny intervalsclaros mpl
there was an interval for meditationse hizo una pausa para la meditación
2. (Mus) →

## interval

[ˈɪntərvəl] n
(between times, dates)
the interval between → l'intervalle entre
The interval between these two dates is about six months → L'intervalle entre ces deux dates est d'environ six mois.
after an interval of [days, months, years] → après une interruption de, après un hiatus de
The ferry service has restarted after an interval of 12 years → Le service de ferries a repris après une interruption de 12 ans., Le service de ferries a repris après un hiatus de 12 ans.
(British) (in theatre)
(British) (SPORT)
England were two goals behind at the interval → À la pause, l'Angleterre était menée de deux buts.
(= spell) bright intervals (in weather)éclaircies fpl
sunny intervals →
The outlook is for showers with sunny intervals → On prévoit des averses entrecoupées d'épisodes ensoleillés., On prévoit des averses entrecoupées d'éclaircies.
at intervals (= from time to time) → par intervalles
at regular intervals (in time); (in space)
Earth tremors were being felt at regular intervals yesterday →
Trees stood at regular intervals along the kerb → Il y avait des arbres à intervalles réguliers le long du trottoir.
at intervals of a mile (= every mile) → à intervalle d'un mile

## interval

n
(in space, time) → Abstand m, → Intervall nt (form); at intervals; at two-weekly intervalsin Abständen von zwei Wochen; at intervals of two metres (Brit) or meters (US) → in Abständen von zwei Metern; sunny intervals (Met) → Aufheiterungen pl
(Sch, Theat etc) → Pause f
(Mus) → Intervall nt

## interval

[ˈɪntəvl] nintervallo
at intervals →
at regular intervals →
sunny intervals (Met) → schiarite fpl

## interval

(ˈintəvəl) noun
1. a time or space between. He returned home after an interval of two hours.
2. a short break in a play, concert etc. We had ice-cream in the interval.
at intervals
here and there; now and then. Trees grew at intervals along the road.

## interval

interval interval aikaväli interval 間隔 간격 intervall ช่วงเวลา khoảng thời gian giữa hai sự kiện

## in·ter·val

n. intervalo; espacio; período de tiempo.

## interval

n intervalo
References in classic literature ?
For there and then, for several consecutive years, Moby Dick had been periodically descried, lingering in those waters for awhile, as the sun, in its annual round, loiters for a predicted interval in any one sign of the Zodiac.
Her only intervals of rest and relaxation were the intervals passed occasionally in the day with old Mazey and the dogs, and the precious interval of the night during which she was secure from observation in the solitude of her room.
Allowing for an interval of repose at Bordeaux, and for the slow rate at which they would be compelled to move afterward, I might still expect them to arrive in England some time before a letter from the agent in America could reach Mr.
In the distance could be seen the long front of the Ti, its immense piazza swarming with men, arrayed in every variety of fantastic costume, and all vociferating with animated gestures; while the whole interval between it and the place where I stood was enlivened by groups of females fancifully decorated, dancing, capering, and uttering wild exclamations.
So that, through their zeal for him, they had all conspired, so far as in them lay, to muffle up the knowledge of this thing from others; and hence it was, that not till a considerable interval had elapsed, did it transpire upon the Pequod's decks.
As the bridal group approached, a hearty cheer was raised in the Rainbow yard; and Ben Winthrop, whose jokes had retained their acceptable flavour, found it agreeable to turn in there and receive congratulations; not requiring the proposed interval of quiet at the Stone-pits before joining the company.
He chirruped, and then complacently continued: "My wives at this moment receiving the sound of one of my voices, closely followed by the other, and perceiving that the latter reaches them after an interval in which sound can traverse 6.
The many cases on record of a formation conformably covered, after an enormous interval of time, by another and later formation, without the underlying bed having suffered in the interval any wear and tear, seem explicable only on the view of the bottom of the sea not rarely lying for ages in an unaltered condition.
An interval passed, and as I still looked out through the door, I became aware of something moving far down among the trees that fringed the shore of the lake.
I use all the hyperbole of metaphor, and tell what centuries of time and profounds of unthinkable agony and horror can obtain in each interval of all the intervals between the notes of a quick jig played quickly on the piano.
At 600 yards from the well, and circularly arranged around it as a central point, rose 1,200 reverberating ovens, each six feet in diameter, and separated from each other by an interval of three feet.
We explained that the law provided for the lapse of a certain interval of time before the payment of the sum assured, and we expressed our wish to conduct the inquiry with the most respectful consideration for her ladyship's feelings, and for the convenience of any other members of the family inhabiting the house.

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