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"interval" in British English

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intervalnoun [C]

uk   /ˈɪn.tə.vəl/  us   /-t̬ɚ-/
  • 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 ​shortperiod between the ​parts of a ​performance or a ​sportsevent: 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 ​particularperiod of ​time or a ​particulardistance: 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 ​noteshigher)
(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 ​particularnumbers given
(Definition of interval from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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