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Answer for the clue "A time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something", 5 letters:
break

Alternative clues for the word break

Huddle ender

Intermission

Bit of luck

With 65-Across, go against the group ... or what the circled squares literally do in the answers to the starred clues

Go all to pieces

Recess

With 57-Down, part of a morning routine

Shatter

The opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool

An escape from jail

Any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare

A sudden dash

(tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving

A pause from doing something (as work)

A personal or social separation (as between opposing factions)

(geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other

An unexpected piece of good luck

Some abrupt occurrence that interrupts

An act of delaying or interrupting the continuity

Intermission ... or what you can do to the starts of 17-, 24-, 38-, 46- and 59-Across

Spring ___

Jazz solo cadenza

Short recess

Coffee ___

Period between sessions

Reveal, as news

Word definitions for break in dictionaries

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Word definitions in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
I. verb COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES a blaze breaks out ( also a blaze starts ) ▪ The blaze broke out on the third floor of the building. a boy’s voice breaks (= becomes deep as he becomes a man ) ▪ His voice had only recently broken. a break from routine...

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Break \Break\ (br[=a]k), v. t. [imp. broke (br[=o]k), (Obs. Brake ); p. p. Broken (br[=o]"k'n), (Obs. Broke ); p. pr. & vb. n. Breaking .] [OE. breken, AS. brecan; akin to OS. brekan, D. breken, OHG. brehhan, G. brechen, Icel. braka to creak, Sw. braka,...

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. 1 An instance of breaking something into two pieces. 2 A physical space that open up in something or between two things. 3 (context music English) A short section of music, often between verses, in which some performers stop while others continue. 4...

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English brecan "to break, shatter, burst; injure, violate, destroy, curtail; break into, rush into; burst forth, spring out; subdue, tame" (class IV strong verb; past tense bræc , past participle brocen ), from Proto-Germanic *brekan (cognates: Old...

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. some abrupt occurrence that interrupts; "the telephone is an annoying interruption"; "there was a break in the action when a player was hurt" [syn: interruption ] an unexpected piece of good luck; "he finally got his big break" [syn: good luck , happy...

Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
Break may refer to: Recess (break) , a general term for a period of time in which a group of people is temporarily dismissed from its duties Break (work) , time off during a shift Coffee break , a daily social gathering for a snack and short downtime practiced...

Usage examples of break.

In their aberration they believed it was worth their while to break all the barriers of perception, even if they had to become trees to do that.

I will now go and skin that troll who went so nigh to slay thee, and break up the carcase, if thou wilt promise to abide about the door of the house, and have thy sword and the spear ready to hand, and to don thine helm and hauberk to boot.

Brenna broke free of the forest and entered a meadow abloom with heather.

This was nothing unusual, however, so Mary simply broke through the ice and began her morning ablutions, gratefully noticing that gentle movement reduced the soreness in her wrists.

The arrest of the abnormal breaking down of the tissues, and the prevention of emaciation.

The signal gun aboard Endymion sent out a puff of smoke and a series of flags broke out at the mast-head.

A large eel suddenly broke the surface tearing at the side of my abraided leg.

Dottie stood up from her hiding place behind an overturned sofa across the room, and made her way across the smashed lights and broken video equipment to his side, absently reloading from her bandoleer.

He broke down under questioning and confessed to several incidents of sexually abusing children.

If, in adopting the Constitution, nothing was done but acceding to a compact, nothing would seem necessary, in order to break it up, but to secede from the same compact.

But Mary was shy of acceding to such invitations and at last frankly told her friend Patience, that she would not again break bread in Greshamsbury in any house in which she was not thought fit to meet the other guests who habitually resorted there.

But they had come in on the space drive, and had gotten fairly close before the gravitational field had drained the power from the main coil, and it was not until the space field had broken that they had started to accelerate toward the star.

Between the ships and the blue and white planet curved a vast section of the broken accelerator ring, a section so huge that it was impossible to tell from close up that it was a mere fragment of what had once been the greatest monument of interstellar civilization.

Smith gasped, his Highland accent breaking through the English veneer, as it always did in stressful situations.

But even if the market falls and some of the acceptors break, the banks will have to pay up.