Intermission In`ter*mis"sion, n. [L. intermissio: cf. F. intermission. See {Intermit}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act or the state of intermitting; the state of being neglected or disused; disuse; discontinuance. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

2. Cessation for a time; an intervening period of time; an interval; a temporary pause; as, to labor without intermission; an intermission of ten minutes. [1913 Webster]

Rest or intermission none I find. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Specifically: The short period between acts of a play, concert, opera, or other public performance when the audience may leave their seats for refreshment; -- it usually lasts from 10 to 20 minutes. [PJC]

4. (Med.) The temporary cessation or subsidence of a fever; the space of time between the paroxysms of a disease. Intermission is an entire cessation, as distinguished from {remission}, or abatement of fever. [1913 Webster]

5. Intervention; interposition. [Obs.] --Heylin.

Syn: Cessation; interruption; interval; pause; stop; rest; suspension. See {Cessation}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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