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interval

noun abeyance, break, gap, halt, hiatus, interlude, intermission, interregnum, interruption, intervallum, intervening time, lapse, lull, pause, recess, respite, rest, spatium interiectum, spell, truce
See also: abeyance, cessation, discontinuance, duration, hiatus, moratorium, pause, pendency, period, point, recess, remission, space, term, time

INTERVAL. A space of time between two periods. When a person is unable to perform an act at any two given periods, but in the interval he has performed such act, as when a man is found to be insane in the months of January and March, and he enters into a contract or makes a will in the interval, in February, he will be presumed to have been insane at that time; and the onus will lie to show his sanity, on the person who affirms such act. See Lucid interval.

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There he seemed to sit, with a dim veil of decay and ruin betwixt him and the world, but through which, at flitting intervals, might be caught the same expression, so refined, so softly imaginative, which Malbone--venturing a happy touch, with suspended breath --had imparted to the miniature
Streaming files of wild ducks began to make their appearance high in the air; the bark of the squirrel might be heard from the groves of beech and hickory- nuts, and the pensive whistle of the quail at intervals from the neighboring stubble field.
But the interval I spent in deliberating what to say, was a fatal one.
At certain intervals, the original wildness broke out in the natures of Brutus and Cassius.
The sights he had seen there, with brief snatches of food and sleep by intervals, shall remain untold.
As the bridal group approached, a hearty cheer was raised in the Rainbow yard; and Ben Winthrop, whose jokes had retained their acceptable flavour, found it agreeable to turn in there and receive congratulations; not requiring the proposed interval of quiet at the Stone-pits before joining the company.
He chirruped, and then complacently continued: "My wives at this moment receiving the sound of one of my voices, closely followed by the other, and perceiving that the latter reaches them after an interval in which sound can traverse 6.
Six distinct reports I counted, and after a long interval six again.
The residue of the year, from the middle of March to the middle of October, an interval of seven months, is serene and delightful.
During this interval Pierre noticed that Prince Vasili left the chair on which he had been leaning, and- with air which intimated that he knew what he was about and if others did not understand him it was so much the worse for them- did not go up to the dying man, but passed by him, joined the eldest princess, and moved with her to the side of the room where stood the high bedstead with its silken hangings.
After an interval the weary voice tried again, in louder tones:
We explained that the law provided for the lapse of a certain interval of time before the payment of the sum assured, and we expressed our wish to conduct the inquiry with the most respectful consideration for her ladyship's feelings, and for the convenience of any other members of the family inhabiting the house.