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v. in·ter·rupt·ed, in·ter·rupt·ing, in·ter·rupts
1. To break the continuity or uniformity of: Rain interrupted our baseball game.
2. To stop (someone engaged in an activity) by saying or doing something: The baby interrupted me while I was on the phone.
To cause an activity to stop by saying or doing something.
n. Computers
1. A signal to a computer that stops the execution of a running program so that another action can be performed.
2. A circuit that conveys a signal stopping the execution of a running program.

[Middle English interrupten, from Old French interrupte, interrupted, from Latin interruptus, past participle of interrumpere, to break off : inter-, inter- + rumpere, to break; see reup- in Indo-European roots.]

in′ter·rupt′i·ble adj.
in′ter·rup′tion n.
in′ter·rup′tive adj.
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1. broken, discontinued, or hindered
2. (Botany) (of plant organs, esp leaves) not evenly spaced along an axis
3. (Classical Music) music Also: deceptive (of a cadence) progressing from the dominant chord to any other, such as the subdominant or submediant
ˌinterˈruptedly adv
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Adj.1.interrupted - discontinued temporarily; "we resumed the interrupted discussion"
discontinued - stopped permanently or temporarily; "discontinued models"; "a discontinued magazine"; "a discontinued conversation"
2.interrupted - intermittently stopping and starting; "fitful (or interrupted) sleep"; "off-and-on static"
broken - not continuous in space, time, or sequence or varying abruptly; "broken lines of defense"; "a broken cable transmission"; "broken sleep"; "tear off the stub above the broken line"; "a broken note"; "broken sobs"
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adjective disturbed, broken, incomplete, cut off, uneven, disconnected, intermittent, discontinuous He's had an interrupted training season.
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References in classic literature ?
Another, a younger voice, interrupted him: "Afraid or not, you can't escape it anyhow."
`Suppose we change the subject,' the March Hare interrupted, yawning.
"But you like a dog when it wags its tail, Sylvie interrupted. "You know you do, Bruno!"
"Oh, it was intolerable!" he said, trying to pick up the thread of his interrupted thought.
"Why," interrupted Mazarin, without any regard for the king's pride -- "does not your majesty know that it is to M.
I was about to put my opinion to the test by inquiring of this gentleman when you interrupted with your own--larger theory, I must confess."
Athos, who had till that time said nothing for fear that D'Artagnan, interrupted in his turn, should not have the time necessary, from this moment declared that his name was Athos, and not D'Artagnan.
“Well, well,” interrupted Edwards; “I must see Miss Temple.”
Philander," interrupted Professor Porter; "their religion positively precluded the possibilities you suggest.
"Sir," replied the Naturalist, "I need a snakeskin for my collection, but if you had not explained I should not have interrupted you, for I thought you were at dinner."
At that important point in the conversation they were interrupted by the reappearance of Blanche.
The individual who interrupted the conversation, and who had elicited the foregoing remark of Paul, was seen advancing along the margin of the run with a deliberate pace, in a direct line for the two revellers.