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Dictionary Definition



1 a definite length of time marked off by two instants [syn: time interval]
2 a set containing all points (or all real numbers) between two given endpoints
3 the distance between things; "fragile items require separation and cushioning" [syn: separation]
4 the difference in pitch between two notes [syn: musical interval]

User Contributed Dictionary



From intervalle.


  1. A distance in space or in time.
  2. In music, an interval is the difference (a ratio or logarithmic measure) in pitch between two notes and often refers to those two pitches themselves (otherwise known as a dyad).
  3. In mathematics an interval is a connected section of the real line. It may be empty or have a length of zero.
  4. In the context of "mostly|british}} An intermission.

Extensive Definition

Interval may refer to:
interval in Catalan: Interval (desambiguació)
interval in Czech: Interval
interval in Danish: Interval
interval in German: Intervall
interval in Spanish: Intervalo
interval in French: Intervalle
interval in Georgian: ინტერვალი
interval in Dutch: Interval
interval in Portuguese: Intervalo
interval in Simple English: Interval
interval in Slovak: Interval
interval in Slovenian: Interval
interval in Serbian: Интервал
interval in Sundanese: Interval
interval in Swedish: Intervall

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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