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Meaning of INTERRUPT

Pronunciation:  `intu'rupt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  end prematurely; "She interrupted her pregnancy"; "break a lucky streak"
  2. [v]  destroy the peace or tranquility of; "Don't interrupt me when I'm reading"
  3. [v]  interfere in someone else's activity; "Please don't interrupt me while I'm on the phone"
  4. [v]  make a break in; "We interrupt the program for the following messages"
 

INTERRUPT is a 9 letter word that starts with I.

 

 Synonyms: break, break up, cut off, disrupt, disrupt, disturb
 
 See Also: act, barge in, barge in, block, break, break in, break in, break off, break off, break short, burst in on, burst upon, butt in, butt in, chime in, chime in, chisel in, chisel in, come in, cut, cut in, cut in, cut short, discontinue, end, freeze, harass, heckle, hold on, inject, interject, intermit, interpose, jam, move, pause, punctuate, put away, put in, put in, stop, stop, stop over, suspend, take off, take time off, terminate, throw in

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \In`ter*rupt"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Interrupted}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Interrupting}.] [L. interruptus, p. p. of
    interrumpere to interrupt; inter between + rumpere to break.
    See {Rupture}.]
    1. 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.
    
             Do not interrupt me in my course.     --Shak.
    
    2. To divide; to separate; to break the monotony of; as, the
       evenness of the road was not interrupted by a single hill.
    
    
  2. \In`ter*rupt"\, p. a. [L. interruptus, p. p.]
    Broken; interrupted. [Obs.] --Milton.
    
    
 
Computing Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

1. An asynchronous event that suspends normal processing and temporarily diverts the flow of control through an "interrupt handler" routine.

Interrupts may be caused by both hardware (I/O, timer, machine check) and software (supervisor, system call or trap instruction).

In general the computer responds to an interrupt by storing the information about the current state of the running program; storing information to identify the source of the interrupt; and invoking a first-level interrupt handler. This is usually a kernel level privileged process that can discover the precise cause of the interrupt (e.g. if several devices share one interrupt) and what must be done to keep operating 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 generated the interrupt.

2. Under ms-dos, nearly synonymous with "system call" because the os and bios routines are both called using the INT instruction (see interrupt list) and because programmers so often have to bypass the operating system (going directly to a BIOS interrupt) to get reasonable performance.

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Dream Dictionary
 
 Definition: Dreaming that you are being interrupted, suggests that things in your waking life are not going as smoothly as you would like. You may feel that you are continually being sidetracked or that you are unable to get your point across.
 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: arrest, barge in, blow it, bottle up, break, break in, break in on, break off, butt in, cease, check, chime in, chip in, countercheck, curb, cut in, cut off, cut short, dam up, damp, dampen, defer, delay, detain, disarrange, discontinue, disjoin, disrupt, disturb, end, go off half-cocked, halt, hinder, hold back, hold in check, hold up, horn in, impede, inhibit, intercept, interfere, interfere with, intermeddle, intermit, intervene, intrude, keep back, keep in check, meddle, oppose, postpone, punctuate, put in, repress, resist, restrain, retard, scotch, set back, slacken, snap the thread, snub, speak inopportunely, speak too late, stall, stay, stop, suppress, suspend, take a break, terminate
 

 

 

 

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