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Pronunciation:  `intur'mishun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of suspending activity temporarily
  2. [n]  a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

INTERMISSION is a 12 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: break, interruption, pause, suspension
 See Also: blackout, caesura, delay, halftime, hold, interval, lapse, letup, lull, pause, postponement, relief, respite, rest, rest period, time interval, time lag, time-out, wait



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In`ter*mis"sion\, n. [L. intermissio: cf. F.
intermission. See {Intermit}.]
1. The act or the state of intermitting; the state of being
   neglected or disused; disuse; discontinuance. --B. Jonson.

2. Cessation for a time; an intervening period of time; an
   interval; a temporary pause; as, to labor without
   intermission; an intermission of ten minutes.

         Rest or intermission none I find.     --Milton.

3. (Med.) The temporary cessation or subsidence of a fever;
   the space of time between the paroxysms of a disease.
   Intermission is an entire cessation, as distinguished from
   remission, or abatement of fever.

4. Intervention; interposition. [Obs.] --Heylin.

Syn: Cessation; interruption; interval; pause; stop; rest;
     suspension. See {Cessation}.

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