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 for intermission
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Intermission \In`ter*mis"sion\, n. [L. intermissio: cf. F.
     intermission. See Intermit.]
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     1. The act or the state of intermitting; the state of being
        neglected or disused; disuse; discontinuance. --B. Jonson.
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     2. Cessation for a time; an intervening period of time; an
        interval; a temporary pause; as, to labor without
        intermission; an intermission of ten minutes.
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              Rest or intermission none I find.     --Milton.
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     3. Specifically: The short period between acts of a play,
        concert, opera, or other public performance when the
        audience may leave their seats for refreshment; -- it
        usually lasts from 10 to 20 minutes.
     4. (Med.) The temporary cessation or subsidence of a fever;
        the space of time between the paroxysms of a disease.
        Intermission is an entire cessation, as distinguished from
        remission, or abatement of fever.
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     5. Intervention; interposition. [Obs.] --Heylin.
     Syn: Cessation; interruption; interval; pause; stop; rest;
          suspension. See Cessation.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the act of suspending activity temporarily
      2: a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation
         of something [syn: pause, intermission, break,
         interruption, suspension]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  107 Moby Thesaurus words for "intermission":
     abeyance, act, afterpiece, bit, breach, break, breath, breather,
     breathing place, breathing space, breathing spell, breathing time,
     caesura, catharsis, cease-fire, cessation, chaser, cigarette break,
     cleansing, cocktail hour, coffee break, cold storage, curtain,
     curtain call, curtain raiser, day off, deliverance, discharge,
     divertimento, divertissement, doldrums, dormancy, downtime, drop,
     emotional release, enforced respite, epilogue, exode, exodus,
     expository scene, finale, fissure, freeing, gap, half time,
     half-time intermission, halt, happy hour, hesitation, hiatus,
     hoke act, holiday, interim, interlude, intermezzo, intermittence,
     interregnum, interruption, interval, introduction, lacuna, lapse,
     latency, layoff, letup, lull, number, off-time, parenthesis, pause,
     plateau, point of repose, prologue, purgation, purge, purging,
     quiescence, quiescency, quiet spell, recess, release, relief,
     remission, removal, reprieve, respite, rest, resting point,
     routine, scene, shtick, sketch, skit, song and dance, spell,
     stand-down, stand-up comedy act, stay, striptease, surcease,
     suspension, tea break, time off, time out, truce, turn, vacation

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