January 11, 2012
interval (noun)
\IN-ter-vul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a period of time between events or states : pause2 : space between things3 : difference in pitch between tones
How do you use it?
The interval between each birthday shows Olivia turning from a toddler into a young lady.
Are you a word wiz?

Which one of these sentences do you think uses the word "interval" correctly?

If you picked Sentence A, you got it right! The best word to substitute for "interval" in B is "interview," a meeting intended to help the employers evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the applicants. Sentence C can be tossed out, since it uses "interval" in place of "integral," the adjective that means "needed for completeness." Caleb, in D, can be described as an "introvert," a person who is shy or restrained in speaking and behavior. That leaves the pause between acts in A. In fact, "interval" is sometimes used as a synonym of "intermission."
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