In·ter·rupt v. t. [imp. & p. p. Interrupted; p. pr. & vb. n. Interrupting.]
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 of anyone 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.
In·ter·rupt, p. a. Broken; interrupted. [Obs.]
v 1: make a break in; "We interrupt the program for the following
messages" [syn: disrupt, break up, cut off]
2: destroy the peace or tranquility of; "Don't interrupt me
when I'm reading" [syn: disturb]
3: interfere in someone else's activity; "Please don't
interrupt me while I'm on the phone" [syn: disrupt]
4: terminate; "She interrupted her pregnancy"; "break a lucky
streak"; "break the cycle of poverty" [syn: break]