- noun the stopping of a transmission as a result of an action at the receiving end of a system
- noun a signal which diverts a central processing unit from one task to another that has higher priority, allowing the CPU to return to the first task later
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- verb to stop something happening temporarily
- verb to try to speak or to shout when someone else is talking
Origin & History of “interrupt”
Etymologically, interrupt means ‘break between’. It comes from the past participle of Latin interrumpere ‘break in’, a compound verb formed from the prefix inter- ‘between’ and rumpere ‘break’ (source of English rout and rupture).