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gap (delay)

Definition:

an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity

Class:

act noun (acts and actions)

Plural:

gaps

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

there was a gap in his account

Etymology:

(mid-13th century in place names), from Old Norse gap "chasm", related to gapa...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

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Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

interruption

something that interrupts, such as a comment, question, or action | an interval or intermission | the act of interrupting or the state of being ... (23 of 417 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/interruption

American Heritage Dictionary:

interrupt | interrupted [past tense] | interrupting [present participle] | interrupts [3rd-person singular present] | interruptible [adjective, related] | interruption [noun, related] | interruptive [adjective, related]

To break the continuity or uniformity of | To hinder or stop the action or discourse of (someone) by breaking in on | To break in on an action or ... (28 of 125 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/interrupt

Wikipedia:

Interruption [disambiguation]

may refer to: Interruption science, interruption and human behavior | Interruption marketing, a pejorative term for the advertising technique | Interruptions (epic theatre), the technique defined by Bertolt Brecht | Interrupt, interruptions in hardware... (31 of 99 words, 6 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Interruption

Macmillan British Dictionary:

interruption [countable/uncountable] | interruptions [plural]

something that someone says or does that stops someone else when they are speaking or concentrating on something | the act of stopping something for a ... (25 of 86 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/interruption

Oxford Dictionary:

interruption

the action of interrupting or being interrupted | an act, utterance, or period that interrupts someone or something (17 of 69 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/interruption

Cambridge Dictionary:

interruption

when someone or something stops something from happening for a short period (12 of 27 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/interruption

New World Dictionary:

interruption

an interrupting or being interrupted | anything that interrupts | the interval during which something is interrupted; intermission (16 of 27 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/interruption

Wiktionary:

interruption | interruptions [plural]

the act of interrupting, or the state of being interrupted | a time interval during which there is a cessation of something (21 of 27 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/interruption

Random House Dictionary:

interruption

an act or instance of interrupting. | the state of being interrupted. | something that interrupts. | cessation; intermission. (16 of 25 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/interruption

Merriam-Webster:

gap [entry 1, noun] | spark gap [synonym, sense-specific] | hiatus [synonym, sense-specific] | disparity [synonym, sense-specific] | ravine [synonym, sense-specific] | breach [synonym, sense-specific] | break [synonym, sense-specific] | discontinuity [synonym, sense-specific] | gulf [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a break in a barrier (as a wall, hedge, or line of military defense) ; an assailable position | a mountain pass ; "ravine" | "spark gap" | a ... (26 of 283 words, 9 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/gap

gap [entry 2, verb] | gapped [past tense] | gapping [present participle]

to make an opening in | to adjust the space between the electrodes of (a spark plug) | to fall or stand open (21 of 38 words, 3 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/gap show=1

Britannica Encyclopedia:

break [carriage]

either of two types of vehicle. One is a heavy four-wheeled carriage frame used for the training and exercising of horses, either singly or in teams ... (26 of 96 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/78466​/break

Encarta Dictionary:

interruption | interruptions [plural]

the act of interrupting somebody, or something that interrupts somebody who is saying or doing something | a pause, break, or temporary halt in an ... (24 of 46 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861621992​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

gap

First use: early 14th century

Origin: (mid-13th century in place names), from Old Norse gap "chasm", related to gapa "to gape", from Proto-Indo-European *ghai- "to ... (22 of 66 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=gap

Collins Dictionary:

gap

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old Norse gap chasm; related to gapa to gape, Swedish gap, Danish gab open mouth, opening

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/gap

Wiktionary:

gap | gaps [plural] | gapped [past tense] | gapping [present participle]

Origin: Old Norse gap ("chasm"), related to Old Norse gapa ("to gape"); compare gape.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/gap

New World Dictionary:

gap | gapped [past tense] | gapping [present participle]

Origin: Middle English from Old Norse from gapa, to yawn, "gape"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gap

Oxford Dictionary:

gap | gappier [comparative] | gappiest [superlative]

Origin: Middle English: from Old Norse, "chasm"; related to "gape"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/gap

American Heritage Dictionary:

gap | gapped [past tense] | gapping [present participle] | gaps [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old Norse, chasm.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gap

Merriam-Webster:

gap [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old Norse, chasm, hole; akin to Old Norse gapa to gape

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/gap

Encarta Dictionary:

gap | gaps [plural] | gapped [past tense] | gapping [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Old Norse, "chasm"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861674468​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

gap | gaps [plural] | gapped [past tense] | gapping [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "gap"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/gap

Collins Dictionary:

gap

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "gap"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/gap

Macmillan British Dictionary:

gap [countable] | gaps [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "gap"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/gap

Macmillan American Dictionary:

gap [countable] | gaps [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "gap"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/gap

Cambridge Dictionary:

gap [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "gap"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "gap"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/gap 1

the Free Dictionary:

gap

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "gap"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "gap"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "gap" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

gap | gaps [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "gap"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

YourDictionary Audio:

gap

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "gap" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

gap

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "gap" by speech synthesizer

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