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intervalnoun [C]

uk   /ˈɪn.tə.vəl/  us   /ˈɪn.t̬ɚ.vəl/
  • interval noun [C] (TIME/DISTANCE)

C2 a period between two events or times: We see each other at regular intervals - usually about once a month.
C2 the space between two points: The plants should be spaced at six-inch intervals.
B1 UK (US intermission) a short period between the parts of a performance or a sports event: There will be two 20-minute intervals during the opera. He scored his first goal of the match three minutes after the interval.
at intervals
repeated after a particular period of time or a particular distance: In the event of fire, the alarm will sound at 15-second intervals/at intervals of 15 seconds.
  • interval noun [C] (MUSIC)

specialized music the amount by which one note is higher or lower than another: an interval of a fifth (= between one note and another one four notes higher)
(Definition of interval from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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intervalnoun [C]

  • interval noun [C] (TIME OR SPACE)

 us   /ˈɪn·tər·vəl/ a period between two events or times, or the space between two points: If there is a fire, the alarm will sound at 15-second intervals. We’ve positioned guards around the embassy at intervals of 10 feet.
 us   /ˈɪn·tər·vəl/ Br An interval is an intermission.
  • interval noun [C] (MUSIC)

music /ˈɪnt·ər·vəl/ the difference in pitch between two notes
  • interval noun [C] (numbers)

mathematics /ˈɪn·tər·vəl/ the set of all numbers between two the two particular numbers given
(Definition of interval from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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