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interval

noun

  1. (measure)  a definite length of time marked off by 2 instants
    Synonyms: time interval, int. [abbreviation]. Type of: measure
  2. (set)  a set containing all points (or all real numbers) between 2 given endpoints
    Type of: set
  3. (distance)  the distance between things
    Synonyms: separation. Type of: distance
  4. (musical notation)  the difference in pitch between 2 notes
    Synonyms: musical interval, int. [abbreviation]. Type of: musical notation
  5. (mathematics)  an interval that includes its endpoints
    Synonyms: bounded interval, closed interval. Topic: mathematics

Etymology summary

Old French intervalle (14th century), earlier entreval (13th century), from Late...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Britannica Encyclopedia:

interval [music]

in music, the inclusive distance between one tone and another, whether sounded successively or simultaneously. In Western tonality, intervals are ... (20 of 524 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/291769​/interval

Collins Dictionary:

interval | at intervals [sense-specific] | intermission [synonym, sense-specific]

the period of time marked off by or between two events, instants, etc | the distance between two points, objects, etc | a pause or interlude, as ... (25 of 597 words, 8 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

Merriam-Webster:

interval | intermission [synonym, sense-specific] | discontinuity [synonym, sense-specific] | hiatus [synonym, sense-specific] | hiccup [synonym, sense-specific] | interim [synonym, sense-specific] | interlude [synonym, sense-specific] | interregnum [synonym, sense-specific] | interruption [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a space of time between events or states ; [British] "intermission" | a space between objects, units, points, or states ; difference in pitch between ... (24 of 206 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)

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

Wikipedia:

Interval [disambiguation]

may refer to: Interval (mathematics), a range of numbers (formally, a type of subset of an ordered set) | Interval measurements or interval variables in statistics is a level of measurement | Interval (music), the relationship in pitch between two... (38 of 190 words, 15 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Interval

Random House Dictionary:

interval | at intervals [sense-specific] | intervale [New England, synonym, sense-specific]

an intervening period of time. | a period of temporary cessation; pause. | a space between things, points, limits, etc.; interspace. | [math] ; the ... (22 of 180 words, 10 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/interval

Columbia Encyclopedia:

interval

in music, the difference in pitch between two tones. Intervals may be measured acoustically in terms of their vibration numbers. They are more ... (23 of 177 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/ent​/A​0825372​.html

Oxford Dictionary:

interval | at intervals | intervallic [derived]

an intervening time | a component of activity in interval training | a pause or break in activity | [British] : a period of time separating parts of a ... (26 of 165 words, 9 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/interval

Macmillan British Dictionary:

interval [countable] | intervals [plural] | at intervals

a period of time between two events | [British] a short break between the parts of something such as a play or a concert | a space or distance between ... (28 of 133 words, 6 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

American Heritage Dictionary:

interval | intervalic [adjective, related] | intervallic [adjective, related]

A space between two objects, points, or units. | The amount of time between two specified instants, events, or states. | One of a series of ... (24 of 132 words, 10 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/interval

Cambridge Dictionary:

interval [entry 1] | intermission | at intervals

a period between two events or times, or the space between two points | [British] ([United States] "intermission") a short period between the parts of ... (24 of 114 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

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

interval [entry 2, specialized]

the amount by which one note is higher or lower than another (12 of 37 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/interval 2

Wiktionary:

interval | intervals [plural] | open interval [subtype, sense-specific] | half-open interval [subtype, sense-specific] | closed interval [subtype, sense-specific]

A distance in space. | A period of time. | [music] The difference (a ratio or logarithmic measure) in pitch between two notes, often referring to those two pitches themselves (otherwise known as a dyad). | [math] A connected section of the real line... (41 of 96 words, 7 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/interval

New World Dictionary:

interval | intervallic [adjective, related]

a space between two things; gap; distance | a period of time between two points of time, events, etc.; intervening period | the extent of difference ... (24 of 82 words, 6 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/interval

Encarta Dictionary:

interval | intervals [plural]

a period of time between one event and the next | the distance between one thing and another | Same as intermission (sense 1) | the musical distance ... (25 of 136 words, 5 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861622022​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

interval

First use: early 14th century

Origin: Old French intervalle (14th century), earlier entreval (13th century), from Late Latin intervallum, originally "space between ... (19 of 37 etymology words)

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

Wiktionary:

interval | intervals [plural]

Origin: Old French intervalle, from Latin intervallum ("space between, interval, distance, interval of time, pause, difference; literally, space between two palisades or walls"), from inter ("between") + vallum ("palisade, wall").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/interval

New World Dictionary:

interval

Origin: Middle English enterval, intervalle from Old French from Latin intervallum, literally, space between two palisades or walls from ... (18 of 23 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/interval

Merriam-Webster:

interval

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English intervalle, from Anglo-French and Latin; Anglo-French entreval, from Latin intervallum space between ramparts, ... (17 of 22 etymology words)

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

Oxford Dictionary:

interval

Origin: Middle English: from Old French entrevalle, based on Latin intervallum "space between ramparts, interval", from inter- "between" + vallum "rampart"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/interval

Collins Dictionary:

interval

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Latin intervallum, literally: space between two palisades, from inter- + vallum palisade, rampart

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

American Heritage Dictionary:

interval

Origin: Middle English intervalle, from Old French, from Latin intervallum: inter-, inter- + vallum, rampart.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/interval

Encarta Dictionary:

interval | intervals [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from Latin intervallum "space between ramparts" from vallum "rampart"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861622022​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

interval | intervals [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "interval"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/interval

Collins Dictionary:

interval

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "interval"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "interval"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

interval [countable] | intervals [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "interval"

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

Macmillan American Dictionary:

interval [countable] | intervals [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "interval"

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

Cambridge Dictionary:

interval [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "interval"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "interval"

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

the Free Dictionary:

interval

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "interval"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "interval"

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

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Google Dictionary:

interval | intervals [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "interval"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

interval

Audio: North American pronunciation of "interval"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=interv​01 word=interval

YourDictionary Audio:

interval

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

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freedictionary.org:

interval

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

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