Synonyms of 'interval'
1 periodDictionary, time, spell
There was a long interval of silence.
a period of a few months
For a long time I didn't tell anyone.
There has been a spell of dry weather.
a 12-month term of service
birds arriving for the breeding season
He would study for eight- to ten-hour stretches.
The batteries had a life span of six hours.
2 breakDictionary, interlude, intermission
During the interval, wine was served.
They always play that music during the break.
It was a happy interlude in her life.
Drinks were served during the intermission.
He took a rest from teaching.
There followed a gap of four years.
There was a brief pause in the conversation.
I rang home during a brief respite at work.
a lull in the conversation
3 delayDictionary, wait, gap
the interval between her arrival and lunch
Air restrictions might mean delays for Easter holidaymakers.
After a long wait, someone finally picked up the phone.
He was to remain in jail in the interim.
They arrived late due to a motorway hold-up.
Efforts to reach a settlement resume today after a two-week hiatus.
4 stretchDictionary, area, space
figures separated by intervals of pattern and colour
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An area is a particular part of a town, a country, a region, or the world.
the large number of community groups in the area
The distance between two points or places is the amount of space between them.
They measured the distance between the island and the shore.
Thesaurus for interval from the Collins English Thesaurus
An interval between two events or dates is the period of time between them.