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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb interrupt:

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Definition of the noun interrupt

What does interrupt mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: interrupts

  1. a signal that temporarily stops the execution of a program so that another procedure can be carried out
    • lexical domain: Natural Phenomena - nouns denoting natural phenomena
    • more generic word: signal = an electric quantity (voltage or current or field strength) whose modulation represents coded information about the source from which it comes

Alternative definition of the noun interrupt

noun

  1. [computing] An event that causes a computer to temporarily cease what it was doing and attend to a condition

Definition of the verb interrupt

What does interrupt mean as a doing word?

Interrupt is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: interrupted | interrupting | interrupts

  1. make a break in
  2. destroy the peace or tranquility of
    • examples: Don't interrupt me when I'm reading | Sam cannot interrupt Sue
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of interrupt: disturb
    • more generic words: act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform
  3. interfere in someone else's activity
    • example: Please don't interrupt me while I'm on the phone
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of interrupt: disrupt
    • more generic terms: barge in / break in / butt in / chime in / chisel in / cut in / put in = break into a conversation
    • more specific terms:
      • cut in = interrupt a dancing couple in order to take one of them as one's own partner
      • cut short = cause to end earlier than intended
  4. terminate
    • example: She interrupted her pregnancy
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of interrupt: break
    • more generic words: end / terminate = bring to an end or halt
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the verb interrupt

verb

  1. to disturb or halt an ongoing process or action by interfering suddenly.
  2. [computing] To assert to a computer that an exceptional condition must be handled.

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Phrases with Interrupt

  1. Interrupt request
  2. Non-maskable interrupt

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Interrupt

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Google previewMICROPROCESSORS AND MICROCONTROLLERS (2016)

by PABLO MARY , Panda Jeebananda

Interrupt is a process in which microprocessor is asked to suspend its current operations and has to execute some...

Google previewMicroprocessor 8086 : Architecture, Programming and Interfacing

by Mathur Sunil

INTRODUCTION Interrupt is a process in which microprocessor is asked to suspend its current operations and has to...

Google previewMicroprocessor 8085 and Its Interfacing (2010)

Interrupt is a process in which the microprocessor is asked to suspend its current operations and has to execute some...

An interrupt is an asynchronous signal from hardware indicating the need for attention or a synchronous event in software ...

Google previewIntroduction to Programming Languages (1977)

by David William Barron

Although the interrupt is an important feature of computer hardware, it is rare to find any provision made for it in programming languages:...

Google previewOperating Systems (2005)

by Achyut S Godbole, Achyut

Interrupt is the ability of the hardware to stop the currently running program and turn the system's attention to something else...

Google previewOperating System 3E (2011)

by Godbole

Interrupt is the ability of the hardware to stop the currently running program and turn the system's attention to something else...

Google previewEmbedded Microcomputer Systems: Real Time Interfacing (2011)

by Jonathan W. Valvano

An interrupt is the automatic. Editorial review has deemed that any suppressed content does not materially affect the overall learning experience. Cengage Learning reserves the right to remove additional content at any time if subsequent ...

Google previewA Practical Introduction to Computer Architecture (2009)

by Daniel Page

Interrupt An interrupt is a signal from either an external hardware component ...

Google previewThe Human Computer (2002)

Get the Most Out of Yours! by Anthony Scheiber

As discussed earlier, an interrupt is a signal to the computer processor to stop what it is doing and attend to a new task that carries a higher priority than the current task. A desktop CPU may be faced with numerous interrupt commands at any ...

Google previewProgramming the PIC Microcontroller with MBASIC (2005)

by Jack Smith

An interrupt is an event that causes the current program sequence to temporarily halt, and for different code, called an “interrupt service routine” or ISR, to be executed. After the ISR completes, program flow returns to the point it was at before ...

Google previewDictionary of Computer Networking

Interrupt l4 Ahhr. INT 14. The PC interrupt used to reroute messages from the serial port to the network interface card (NIC); used by some terminalemulation programs. Interrupt A signal to the processor generated by a device under its control, ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Multimedia 1999 (2014)

Terms and Acronyms by Brad Hansen

interrupt. request. (IRQ) (n.) A computer instruction that momentarily stops the normal operation of a routine. The operation can usually be resumed later from the interruptionpoint. As the peripheral devicesinterface with thecentral ...

Google previewThe Froehlich/Kent Encyclopedia of Telecommunications (1991)

Volume 3 - Codes for the Prevention of Errors to Communications Frequency Standards by Fritz E. Froehlich, Allen Kent

Furthermore, interrupt packets cannot be blocked by a RNR or constrained by flow control. The packet, however, does not affect the state of the DTE-DCE interface and it does not alter the packet sequence numbering count. The interrupt user ...

Google previewThe New Hacker's Dictionary (1996)

by Eric S. Raymond

interrupt o IRC 26l Note that most of the sites in the com and edu domains are in the U.S. or Canada. us sites in the U.S. outside the functional domains su sites in the ex-Soviet Union (see kremvax). uk sites in the United Kingdom Within the us ...

Google previewPatrick-Turner's Industrial Automation Dictionary (1996)

by Clarence T. Jones, S. Percy Jones

INTERRUPT HANDLING International Practical Temperature Scale of 1948 (IPTS -48): Fixed points in thermometry as specified by the Ninth General Conference of Weights and Measures which was held in 1948. International Practical ...

Google previewDictionary of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology (2000)

by Philip A. Laplante

interrupt priority (2) the transfer of information between two cooperating programs . Communication may take the form of signal (the arrival of an event) or the transfer of data. interpupilary distance separation between the pupils when the line of ...

Google previewComprehensive Dictionary of Electrical Engineering (1999)

by Phillip A. Laplante

interrupt an input to a processor that signals the occurrence of an asynchronous event. The processor's response to an interrupt is to save the current ...

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Quotes about Interrupt

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. (Napoleon Bonaparte)
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Scrabble value of I1N1T1E1R1R1U1P3T1

The value of this 9-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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