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

  Interrupt \In`ter*rupt"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Interrupted; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Interrupting.] [L. interruptus, p. p. of
     interrumpere to interrupt; inter between + rumpere to break.
     See Rupture.]
     [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
              Do not interrupt me in my course.     --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. To divide; to separate; to break the monotony of; as, the
        evenness of the road was not interrupted by a single hill.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Interrupt \In`ter*rupt"\, p. a. [L. interruptus, p. p.]
     Broken; interrupted. [Obs.] --Milton.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a signal that temporarily stops the execution of a program
           so that another procedure can be carried out
      v 1: make a break in; "We interrupt the program for the
           following messages" [syn: interrupt, disrupt, break
           up, cut off]
      2: destroy the peace or tranquility of; "Don't interrupt me when
         I'm reading" [syn: interrupt, disturb]
      3: interfere in someone else's activity; "Please don't interrupt
         me while I'm on the phone" [syn: interrupt, disrupt]
      4: terminate; "She interrupted her pregnancy"; "break a lucky
         streak"; "break the cycle of poverty" [syn: interrupt,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  71 Moby Thesaurus words for "interrupt":
     arrest, barge in, blow it, bottle up, break, break in, break in on,
     break off, butt in, cease, check, chime in, chip in, countercheck,
     curb, cut in, cut off, cut short, dam up, damp, dampen, defer,
     delay, detain, disarrange, discontinue, disjoin, disrupt, disturb,
     end, go off half-cocked, halt, hinder, hold back, hold in check,
     hold up, horn in, impede, inhibit, intercept, interfere,
     interfere with, intermeddle, intermit, intervene, intrude,
     keep back, keep in check, meddle, oppose, postpone, punctuate,
     put in, repress, resist, restrain, retard, scotch, set back,
     slacken, snap the thread, snub, speak inopportunely,
     speak too late, stall, stay, stop, suppress, suspend, take a break,

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

      1. [techspeak] n. On a computer, an event that interrupts normal processing
      and temporarily diverts flow-of-control through an ?interrupt handler?
      routine. See also trap.
      2. interj. A request for attention from a hacker. Often explicitly spoken.
      ?Interrupt ? have you seen Joe recently?? See priority interrupt.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

      1. An asynchronous event that suspends normal
     processing and temporarily diverts the flow of control
     through an "{interrupt handler" routine.
     Interrupts may be caused by both hardware (I/O, timer,
     machine check) and software (supervisor, system call or
     trap instruction).
     In general the computer responds to an interrupt by storing
     the information about the current state of the running
     program; storing information to identify the source of the
     interrupt; and invoking a first-level interrupt handler.
     This is usually a kernel level privileged process that can
     discover the precise cause of the interrupt (e.g. if several
     devices share one interrupt) and what must be done to keep
     operating system tables (such as the process table) updated.
     This first-level handler may then call another handler,
     e.g. one associated with the particular device which generated
     the interrupt.
     MS-DOS,+nearly+synonymous+with+"{system+call">2. Under MS-DOS, nearly synonymous with "{system call"
     because the OS and BIOS routines are both called using the
     INT instruction (see interrupt list) and because programmers
     so often have to bypass the operating system (going directly
     to a BIOS interrupt) to get reasonable performance.
     [{Jargon File]

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