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Definitions of interval

  1. a definite length of time marked off by two instants
  2. the distance between things; " fragile items require separation and cushioning"
  3. a set containing all points ( or all real numbers) between two given endpoints
  4. the difference in pitch between two notes
  5. A space between things; a void space intervening between any two objects; as, an interval between two houses or hills.
  6. Space of time between any two points or events; as, the interval between the death of Charles I. of England, and the accession of Charles II.
  7. A brief space of time between the recurrence of similar conditions or states; as, the interval between paroxysms of pain; intervals of sanity or delirium.
  8. Difference in pitch between any two tones.
  9. Alt. of Intervale
  10. Time or space between; the distance between two musical sounds.
  11. A time or space between two periods or objects; a break in a current or the course of a disease; a period of rest between two of activity.
  12. Interstice. A space between places or time.
  13. Time or space between: the distance between two given sounds in music.
  14. Space between things; time between events; distance between two musical notes.
  15. A space between objects; distance between points; degree of difference; intervening time.
  16. Difference of pitch between two tones.
  17. A space between; a space of time between; the distance between two given sounds.
  18. A tract of low or plain ground between hills, or between or along the banks of a river.
  19. Space or distance between places or things; time between two acts or events; distance between two different sounds in music.
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Quotes of interval

  1. The interval between a cold expectation and a warm desire may be filled by expectations of varying degrees of warmth or by desires of varying degrees of coldness. – Samuel Alexander
  2. No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation. – Walter Bagehot
  3. Love is the delightful interval between meeting a beautiful girl and discovering that she looks like a haddock. – John Barrymore
  4. America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization. – Georges Clemenceau
  5. The interval allowed was only five minutes, at the end of which I resumed the lecture; but so refreshing was the effects of the brief rest and, above all, the admission of pure air, that during the second hour the attention was as completely sustained as during the first. – George Combe
  6. It was the noise Of ancient trees falling while all was still Before the storm, in the long interval Between the gathering clouds and that light breeze Which Germans call the Wind's bride. – Charles Godfrey Leland
  7. In the case of composite colour, an infinity of systems must be obtained for maxima infinitely slight and with an infinity of interval values separating them- that is to say, the whole thickness of the sensitive layer is occupied in continuous manner by these maxima. – Gabriel Lippmann
  8. Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness. – Don Marquis
  9. We have long passed the Victorian Era when asterisks were followed after a certain interval by a baby. – W. Somerset Maugham
  10. Darkness is to space what silence is to sound, i. e., the interval – Marshall McLuhan
  11. There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval – George Santayana

Usage examples for interval

  1. I went to her box during the first interval and finding her alone, I stayed there. – The Magic Skin by Honore de Balzac
  2. " Felicia, tell us your plan in full now," said the Bishop one evening when, in a rare interval of rest from the great pressure of work, he was with Dr. Bruce, and Felicia had come in from the other building. – In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon
  3. But we are still in the " not- yet" interval – Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation by S. D. Gordon
  4. Meredith, we have had a sufficient interval of talk; suppose you read again. – Pine Needles by Susan Bogert Warner
  5. For an interval of three years I played no tennis, but when I began again I found that I could serve as well as ever. – Increasing-Human-Efficiency-in-Business-a-contribution-to-the-psychology-of-business by Scott, Walter Dill
  6. Marjorie considered through a little interval – Marriage by H. G. Wells
  7. Great events had occurred during this interval – Timar's Two Worlds by Mór Jókai
  8. I have been home six or seven times in the interval but somehow or other have always missed you. – The Orchard of Tears by Sax Rohmer
  9. Mary would receive mine from Dunaburg, and would forward me any news that might have reached her in the interval – The Red Symbol by John Ironside
  10. The public passions on this subject being all cool at this time, after an interval of four months or more from the arrest, we are here trying this case. – Trial of the Officers and Crew of the Privateer Savannah, on the Charge of Piracy, in the United States Circuit Court for the Southern District of New York by A. F. Warburton
  11. Why, there was his friend, the sweet- named lady- but how had she not in this short interval changed! – The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
  12. " I can't see any," he replied, after an interval – The Dominant Strain by Anna Chapin Ray
  13. Another interval followed in which neither spoke. – The Spirit of the Border A Romance of the Early Settlers in the Ohio Valley by Zane Grey
  14. What might not happen in the interval – A Girl's Ride in Iceland by Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie
  15. The interval was fortunately a large one; a moment later the animal was in the Coles' garden. – Jeremy by Hugh Walpole
  16. After an interval of a minute or so another rose, then another, but it was an hour before they were all gone. – A Little Boy Lost by W. H. Hudson
  17. On the day after my disappointment, one such interval occurs. – Nancy A Novel by Rhoda Broughton
  18. Then a bell sounded in some distant part of the house, and after a brief interval the door was opened to them. – The Just and the Unjust by Vaughan Kester
  19. He rang the bell twice with a measured interval between. – Vignettes of Manhattan; Outlines in Local Color by Brander Matthews
  20. After an interval she opened her eyes, and half rose to speak to them. – The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins