Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Interrogatively adverb In the form of, or by means of, a question; in an interrogative manner.

Interrogator noun [ Latin : confer French interrogateur .] One who asks questions; a questioner.

Interrogatory noun ; plural Interrogatories . [ Confer French interrogatoire .] A formal question or inquiry; esp. (Law) , a question asked in writing. Macaulay.

Interrogatory adjective [ Latin interrogatorius .] Containing, expressing, or implying a question; as, an interrogatory sentence.

Interrupt transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Interrupted ; present participle & verbal noun Interrupting .] [ Latin interruptus , past participle of interrumpere to interrupt; inter between + rumpere to break. See Rupture .]


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.

Do not interrupt me in my course.
Shak.

2. To divide; to separate; to break the monotony of; as, the evenness of the road was not interrupted by a single hill.

Interrupt p. adjective [ Latin interruptus , past participle ] Broken; interrupted. [ Obsolete] Milton.

Interrupted adjective
1. Broken; intermitted; suddenly stopped.

2. (Botany) Irregular; -- said of any arrangement whose symmetry is destroyed by local causes, as when leaflets are interposed among the leaves in a pinnate leaf.

Interruptedly adverb With breaks or interruptions; discontinuously.

Interruptedly pinnate (Botany) , pinnate with small leaflets intermixed with large ones. Gray.

Interrupter noun
1. One who, or that which, interrupts.

2. (Electricity) A device for opening and closing an electrical circuit; a vibrating spring or tuning fork, arranged to make and break a circuit at rapidly recurring intervals, by the action of the current itself.

Interruption noun [ Latin interruptio : confer French interruption .]


1. The act of interrupting, or breaking in upon.

2. The state of being interrupted; a breach or break, caused by the abrupt intervention of something foreign; intervention; interposition. Sir M. Hale.

Lest the interruption of time cause you to lose the idea of one part.
Dryden.

3. Obstruction caused by breaking in upon course, current, progress, or motion; stop; hindrance; as, the author has met with many interruptions in the execution of his work; the speaker or the argument proceeds without interruption .

4. Temporary cessation; intermission; suspension.

Interruptive adjective Tending to interrupt; interrupting. " Interruptive forces." H. Bushnell. -- In`ter*rupt"ive*ly , adverb

Interscapular adjective
1. (Anat.) Between the scapulæ or shoulder blades.

2. (Zoology) Pertaining to the upper back, or the part between the shoulders; as, the interscapular feathers.

Interscapulars noun plural (Zoology) The interscapular feathers of a bird.

Interscendent adjective [ See Inter- , and Ascend .] (Math.) Having exponents which are radical quantities; -- said of certain powers; as, x √2 , or x √a .

Interscendent series , a series whose terms are interscendent quantities. Hutton.

Interscind transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Interscinded ; present participle & verbal noun Interscinding .] [ Latin interscindere ; inter between + scindere to cut.] To cut off. [ R.]

Interscribe transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Interscribed ; present participle & verbal noun Interscribing .] [ Latin interscribere ; inter between + scribere to write.] To write between. [ R.]

Intersecant adjective [ Latin intersecans , present participle of intersecare . See Intersect .] Dividing into parts; crossing; intersecting.

Intersect transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Intersected ; present participle & verbal noun Intersecting .] [ Latin intersectus , past participle of intersecare to intersect; inter + secare to cut. See Section .] To cut into or between; to cut or cross mutually; to divide into parts; as, any two diameters of a circle intersect each other at the center.

Lands intersected by a narrow frith
Abhor each other.
Cowper.

Intersect intransitive verb To cut into one another; to meet and cross each other; as, the point where two lines intersect .

Intersection noun [ Latin intersectio : confer French intersection .]


1. The act, state, or place of intersecting.

2. (Geom.) The point or line in which one line or surface cuts another.

Intersectional adjective Pertaining to, or formed by, intersections.

Interseminate transitive verb [ Latin interseminatus , past participle of interseminare . See Inter- , and Seminate .] To sow between or among. [ R.]

Interseptal adjective (Biol.) Between septa; as, the interseptal spaces or zones, between the transparent, or septal, zones in striated muscle; the interseptal chambers of a shell, or of a seed vessel.

Intersert transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Interserted ; present participle & verbal noun Interserting .] [ Latin intersertus , past participle of interserere to intersert; inter between + serere to join, weave.] To put in between other things; to insert. [ Obsolete] Brerewood.

Interserttion noun The act of interserting, or that which is interserted. [ Obsolete] Hammond.

Intersesamoid adjective (Anat.) Between sesamoid bones; as, intersesamoid ligaments.

Interset transitive verb To set between or among. [ R.]

Intershock transitive verb To shock mutually. [ R.]

Intersidereal adjective Between or among constellations or stars; interstellar.

Intersocial adjective Pertaining to the mutual intercourse or relations of persons in society; social.

Intersomnious adjective [ Prefix inter- + Latin somnus sleep.] Between the times of sleeping; in an interval of wakefulness. [ R.]

Interspace noun [ Latin interspatium . See Inter- , and Space .] Intervening space. Bp. Hacket.

Interspeech noun A speech interposed between others. [ R.] Blount.

Intersperse transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Interspersed ; present participle & verbal noun Interspersing .] [ Latin interspersus interspersed; inter between, among + spargere to scatter. See Sparse .]


1. To scatter or set here and there among other things; to insert at intervals; as, to intersperse pictures in a book.

There, interspersed in lawns and op'ning glades,
Thin trees arise that shun each other's shades.
Pope.

2. To diversify or adorn with things set or scattered at intervals; to place something at intervals in or among; as, to intersperse a book with pictures.

Which space is interspersed with small islands and rock.
Cook.

Interspersion noun The act of interspersing, or the state of being interspersed.

Interspinal, Interspinous adjective (Anat.) Between spines; esp., between the spinous processes of the vertebral column.

Interspiration noun [ Latin interspiratio . See Inter- , and Spirit .] Spiritual inspiration at separate times, or at intervals. [ Obsolete] Bp. Hall.

Interstapedial adjective (Anat.) Pertaining to a part of the columella of the ear, between the stapes and the mediostapedial. -- noun The interstapedial part of the columella.

Interstate adjective Pertaining to the mutual relations of States; existing between, or including, different States; as, interstate commerce. Story.

Interstellar adjective Between or among the stars; as, interstellar space. Bacon.

Interstellary adjective Interstellar.

Intersternal adjective (Zoology) Between the sternal; -- said of certain membranes or parts of insects and crustaceans.

Interstice noun ; plural Interstices . [ Latin interstitium a pause, interval; inter between + sistere to set, from stare to stand: confer French interstice . See Stand .]


1. That which intervenes between one thing and another; especially, a space between things closely set, or between the parts which compose a body; a narrow chink; a crack; a crevice; a hole; an interval; as, the interstices of a wall.

2. An interval of time; specifically (R. C. Ch.) , in the plural, the intervals which the canon law requires between the reception of the various degrees of orders.

Nonobservance of the interstices . . . is a sin.
Addis & Arnold.

Intersticed adjective Provided with interstices; having interstices between; situated at intervals.

Interstinctive adjective [ Latin interstinctus , past participle of interstinguere to separate; inter + stinguere to extinguish.] Distinguishing. [ Obsolete] Wallis.

Interstitial adjective Of or pertaining to interstices; intermediate; within the tissues; as, interstitial cavities or spaces in the tissues of animals or plants.

Interstition noun An intervening period of time; interval. [ Obsolete] Gower.

Interstratification noun (Geol.) Stratification among or between other layers or strata; also, that which is interstratified.

Interstratified adjective (Geol.) Stratified among or between other bodies; as, interstratified rocks.

Interstratify transitive verb (Geol.) To put or insert between other strata.