1. an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity (Freq. 5)

it was presented without commercial breaks


there was a gap in his account

Syn: ↑break, ↑disruption, ↑gap
Derivationally related forms: ↑disrupt (for: ↑disruption), ↑interrupt
Hypernyms: ↑delay, ↑holdup
2. some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity (Freq. 1)

the telephone is an annoying interruption


there was a break in the action when a player was hurt

Syn: ↑break
Derivationally related forms: ↑break (for: ↑break)
Hypernyms: ↑happening, ↑occurrence, ↑occurrent, ↑natural event
3. a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
Syn: ↑pause, ↑intermission, ↑break, ↑suspension
Derivationally related forms: ↑suspend (for: ↑suspension), ↑break (for: ↑break), ↑pause (for: ↑pause)
Hypernyms: ↑time interval, ↑interval
lapse, ↑blackout, ↑caesura, ↑dead air, ↑delay, ↑hold, ↑time lag, ↑postponement, ↑wait, ↑halftime, ↑respite, ↑rest, ↑relief, ↑rest period, ↑time-out, ↑letup, ↑lull

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