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Definitions of interrupt

  1. make a break in; "We interrupt the program for the following messages" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. interfere in someone else's activity; "Please don't interrupt me while I'm on the phone" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. destroy the peace or tranquility of; "Don't interrupt me when I'm reading" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. end prematurely; "She interrupted her pregnancy"; "break a lucky streak" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. terminate; "She interrupted her pregnancy"; "break a lucky streak"; "break the cycle of poverty" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. To break into, or between; to stop, or hinder by breaking in upon the course or progress of; to interfere with the current or motion of; to cause a temporary cessation of; as, to interrupt the remarks speaking. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To divide; to separate; to break the monotony of; as, the evenness of the road was not interrupted by a single hill. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Broken; interrupted. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To stop or hinder by breaking in upon; break into (something which is continuous); cause to be delayed; end suddenly. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. To break the continuity of anything, as of an electric current. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  11. To break in between: to stop or hinder by breaking in upon: to divide: to break continuity. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. Interruption. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. To stop by interfering; divide. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. To break in upon; stop while in progress; check; hinder. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. Broken; containing a chasm. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. To stop or hinder by breaking in upon; to block; to break continuity. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. To stop or hinder by breaking in upon the course or progress of; to divide or separate. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. 1. An asynchronous event that suspends normalprocessing and temporarily diverts the flow of controlthrough an "interrupt handler" routine.Interrupts may be caused by both hardware (I/O, timer,machine check) and software (supervisor, system call ortrap instruction).In general the computer responds to an interrupt by storingthe information about the current state of the runningprogram; storing information to identify the source of theinterrupt; and invoking a first-level interrupt handler.This is usually a kernel level privileged process that candiscover the precise cause of the interrupt (e.g. if severaldevices share one interrupt) and what must be done to keepoperating system tables (such as the process table) updated.This first-level handler may then call another handler,e.g. one associated with the particular device which generatedthe interrupt.2. Under MS-DOS, nearly synonymous with "system call"because the OS and BIOS routines are both called using theINT instruction (see interrupt list) and because programmersso often have to bypass the operating system (going directlyto a BIOS interrupt) to get reasonable performance. foldoc_fs
  19. in-t[.e]r-rupt', v.t. to break in between: to stop or hinder by breaking in upon: to divide: to break continuity.--adj. (Milt.) gaping apart.--adv. INTERRUP'TEDLY, with interruptions.--ns. INTERRUP'TER, INTERRUP'TOR; INTERRUP'TION, act of interrupting: hinderance: cessation.--adj. INTERRUP'TIVE, tending to interrupt.--adv. INTERRUP'TIVELY. [L. interrump[)e]re--inter, between, rump[)e]re, ruptum, to break.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  20. Break in upon (action, process, speech, person speaking, &c., or abs.); obstruct (view &c.); break the continuity of. Hence or cogn. interruptedly adv., interrupter, interruption, nn., interruptory a. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
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