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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v interlude perform an interlude "The guitar player interluded with a beautiful improvisation"
    • n interlude a brief show (music or dance etc) inserted between the sections of a longer performance
    • n interlude an intervening period or episode
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Interlude A form of English drama or play, usually short, merry, and farcical, which succeeded the Moralities or Moral Plays in the transition to the romantic or Elizabethan drama.
    • Interlude A short entertainment exhibited on the stage between the acts of a play, or between the play and the afterpiece, to relieve the tedium of waiting. "Dreams are but interludes, which fancy makes
      When monarch reason sleeps."
    • Interlude (Mus) A short piece of instrumental music played between the parts of a song or cantata, or the acts of a drama; especially, in church music, a short passage played by the organist between the stanzas of a hymn, or in German chorals after each line.
    • Interlude Any intervening period of time, space, etc.; a pause between phases of an activity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n interlude In dramatic art, an intermediate entertainment; a short independent performance introduced on the stage between the parts or in the course of the main entertainment; also, any similar by-play or episode or incident occurring in other circumstances.
    • n interlude In the early English drama, a play; particularly, a play from real life, distinguished from the mysteries and moralities. They were generally short and coarse. The first plays distinctively so called were those of John Heywood, beginning about 1521, although the name had previously been applied occasionally to dramas of any kind, and at an early date to the moralities.
    • n interlude In music, a subordinate passage or composition inserted between the principal sections of a work or performance. Specifically— A short instrumental or vocal piece inserted between the acts of a drama or an opera; an intermezzo.
    • n interlude An instrumental piece between successive parts of a church service.
    • interlude To insert between, as an interlude.
    • interlude To act as an interlude; come between other things.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Interlude in′tėr-lōōd a short dramatic performance or play between the play and afterpiece, or between the acts of a play: a short piece of music played between the parts of a drama, opera, hymn, &c
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. enterlude, LL. interludium,; LL. inter, between + ludus, play, fr. ludere, to play: cf. F. interlude,. See Ludicrous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From L. inter, between, ludus, play.


In literature:

The interlude is a tender melody, beautifully managed.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
The impeachment of Johnson may be regarded as an interlude.
"A History of the United States" by Cecil Chesterton
He evidently did not think he needed any vacation after the strenuous labors of the preceding weeks, for his diary records no interlude.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn
Son Austen followed Chancellor in brisk speech that led to one or two interludes of angry interruption across the Table.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, July 1, 1914" by Various
The interlude being over, the original story was resumed.
"Diversions in Sicily" by H. Festing Jones
The request was a welcome interlude in a quarrel that was already rapidly approaching the fighting stage.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Between these interludes of dramatic rendering, the thread of the story was held in a quick, clear monotone easily followed.
"The Royal Pawn of Venice" by Mrs. Lawrence Turnbull
The interlude had caused the crowd to linger on despite the approach of noonday, an hour always devoted, almost sacred, to rest.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
The mystic and fugue-like interlude is merely an interlude.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
After which interlude the force marched to Modderfontein.
"The Second Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers in the South African War" by Cecil Francis Romer and Arthur Edward Mainwaring
It was an interlude he dared not repeat now, though.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
It was a fitting interlude between his first and third addresses.
"The Crack of Doom" by Robert Cromie
But this is the place for a brief interlude of pessimism.
"Hortus Vitae" by Violet Paget, AKA Vernon Lee
After this interlude the debate on the Reform Bill went on.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
I am enjoying an interlude; but there are times when virtue palls, but I mean to keep out of Hebler's clutches.
"Penny of Top Hill Trail" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
Peace, a stormy interlude; then peace again indefinitely.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
What you do in the interludes is of no interest to me.
"Athalie" by Robert W. Chambers
It gave him an interlude of comedy.
"The Fifth Queen Crowned" by Ford Madox Ford
Beneath his windows the masque and interlude were born.
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
Instead he was passing through that interlude, whose brevity has made the world doubt its existence, known as platonic friendship.
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley

In poetry:

Between the passing and the coming season,
This stormy interlude
Gives to our winter-wearied hearts a reason
For trustful gratitude.
"The Wind Of March" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Let goodness, grace, and gratitude
Revive in music's interlude,
And paean notes, till time shall cease,
Proclaim the blessed reign of peace.
"Christmas Bells" by Hattie Howard
But still the music of his song
Rises o'er all, elate and strong;
Its master-chords
Are Manhood, Freedom, Brotherhood,
Its discords but an interlude
Between the words.
"Ultima Thule: Robert Burns" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Hoping you will not deem it rude,
I'd like to call an interlude
In our remarkable array
Of leading statesmen of the day,
And introduce to you forthwith
That great economist, Ksmith.
"'KSmith'" by C J Dennis

In news:

"Anyway, back to King Tut," said Sen Sandra Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, during an interlude in Senate floor debate on the omnibus state government finance bill this morning.
South School students Jasmine Lett, left, and Hope Lewis provide a musical interlude with schoolmates during Friday's Martin Luther King Day of Service Ceremony at the Governor Office Building.
Midnight Interlude Cruises Through the Slop .
Midnight Interlude at Churchill Downs.
"Anything you wanted to know about the riot was in the records before the riot," he says in an interview-style interlude.
And on "Steal the Sun," Solipsist reveal just how interesting they can be at times, relentlessly twisting and turning until breaking into a relative smooth interlude.
Although its dance interlude adds meaningless time to the 85-minute first act, A Romantic.
Except for a few blessedly brief interludes, I have lived my entire life in West Texas.
Pianist Eliza Garth performs John Cage's 'Sonatas and Interludes.
Interlude Home's new "The Good Wife" licensed line are divided by character, such as items for Eli Gold.
During specific interludes in the Castle, visitors were able to view a short video about hummingbirds and hear renowned hummingbird photographer, Russ Thompson, speak about his experiences photographing hummingbirds .
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Interlude #1.
Matt's Memo: Matt Mulcahy blogs about the musical interlude he discovered on the radio when Liza chatted and sang along with Michael Feinstein.
If people know Jules Massenet's 1894 "Thaïs" at all, it's for the violin interlude "Meditation" that's a staple at pops concerts and weddings.
My favorite thing might be the interludes that sneak in between the songs.

In science:

We conclude this interlude with a result that appears at first sight close to the conjectures for compact groups, mentioned in the introduction.
Groups, measures, and the NIP
Interlude: Momentum Space Derivation It is instructive to derive the effective lagrangian of NRQCD by analyzing Green functions (Feynman diagrams) in momentum space.
A Modern Introduction to Quarkonium Theory
For large values of ms, there is a 2SC interlude: as a function of increasing µ, one finds a first order phase transition at which hadronic matter is replaced by quark matter in the 2SC phase and a subsequent first order phase transition at a higher µ above which CFL quark matter takes over.
Color Superconductivity in Compact Stars
At this point, we take a theoretical interlude from the procession of beautiful experimental results to recap the formalism of mixing in particle-antiparticle systems.
Workshop Summary
Here, a cycle may be established where rapid adiabatic expansions and compressions have interludes where the gas may approach its thermal equilibrium for the given pressure.
Evidence and Implications of Pressure Fluctuations in the ISM
Here a short interlude is in order. I am purposely circumspect on the designation of this relation, reflecting what I regard as a healthy continuing debate amongst the authors.
Book Review: The Genesis of General Relativity
Photo-interlude Figure 2 shows in-situ images of the nucleus of Jupiter family comet comet 81P/Wild 2, taken from two different perspectives by NASA’s Stardust mission.
Icy Bodies in the New Solar System
This section is an interlude whose results will not be invoked in Sections 3 and 4, the main part of this note.
Asymptotic accuracy of the jackknife variance estimator for certain smooth statistics
Another class of examples are the group schemes Gǫ defined by Katz– Mazur ( Chapter 8, Interlude 8.7, ); for any unit ǫ ∈ Z[1/N ] they construct a group scheme Gǫ ∈ C of order l2 killed by l. Gǫ is an extension of Z/lZ by µl, and Gǫ (Q) = Q(ζl, ǫ1/l ).
Semistable abelian Varieties over Q
For a more detailed account, and several variations on the same theme, see [DDMS] Interlude B.
Some aspects of profinite group theory
For details of the argument see [DDMS], Interlude D.
Some aspects of profinite group theory
We will give next a short interlude in optics where this analogy becomes even clearer.
From Classical to Quantum Mechanics through Optics
After this interlude on Jensen’s inequality, let us try to bound E[log2 |S (x, π, α)|] directly.
PPZ For More Than Two Truth Values - An Algorithm for Constraint Satisfaction Problems
We will be more precise; but first, to prepare for using ˇCech cohomology, an interlude of sheaf theory.
A bundle gerbe construction of a spinor bundle from the smooth free loop of a vector bundle
Section 6 serves as a brief interlude where we show how our local reconstructor for connectivity can be modified to give a neighbor oracle for the corrected graph G′ .
Local reconstructors and tolerant testers for connectivity and diameter