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in•ter•rupt



Pronunciation: (
v.in"tu-rupt';
n.in'tu-rupt"),
[key]
v.t.
1. to cause or make a break in the continuity or uniformity of (a course, process, condition, etc.).
2. to break off or cause to cease, as in the middle of something: He interrupted his work to answer the bell.
3. to stop (a person) in the midst of doing or saying something, esp. by an interjected remark: May I interrupt you to comment on your last remark?

v.i.
to cause a break or discontinuance; interfere with action or speech, esp. by interjecting a remark: Please don't interrupt.

n.
Computers.a hardware signal that breaks the flow of program execution and transfers control to a predetermined storage location so that another procedure can be followed or a new operation carried out.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

in terrorem clauseinterrupted
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