Although abstracted from the many compounds in which it entered English, the form inter- was not generally considered a living prefix in English until the 1400s.
During the later period of Middle English many words borrowed in the Old and Middle French forms entre-, enter- began to be consciously respelled with Latin inter-; although vestiges of the older French borrowings are found in entertain and enterprise.
The living prefix inter- is now freely added to almost any element in English to create such formations with the meaning of "between" and "among". The words formed by intra- are closely related to this inter- prefix; in fact, they both apparently came from the same Latin source.
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A reference to requesting facts or asking for information: The clerk interrogatorily
turned to the customer asking if there was anything else he could do to help her.
The mother interrogatorily looked at her son and asked how school was today.
interrogatory (s) (noun)
, interrogatories (pl)
1. A formal or written issue usually requiring an answer under oath; such as, that of a witness in a court trial: Judge Evans made several interrogatories of the witness after the lawyers had asked their questions.
2. A query or a series of queries: The job applicant completed the interrogatories that were indicated on the application form.
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A formal systematic inquiry; especially, a formal examination of a witness in a court of law: The lawyer, Mr. Younge, used interrogatory statements about what happened at the robbery in the store.
interrupt, interrupts; interrupted; interrupting (nouns)
1. To cause or to make a break in the continuity or uniformity of (a course, process, condition, etc.): "The classes in the school were interrupted by an emergency announcement that the building had to be evacuated immediately."
2. To break off or cause to cease (stop), as in the middle of something: "He interrupted his work to answer the phone."
3. To stop (a person) in the midst of doing or saying something; especially, by an interjected remark: "May I interrupt you to comment on your last remark?"
, interrupters (pl) (nouns)
, interruptions (pl) (nouns)
1. An act or instance of interrupting.
2. The state or action of being interrupted.
3. Something that interrupts.
4. Cessation; intermission.
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Pertaining to something that exists or takes place between or among schools: Some examples of interscholastic activities include sports events or other forms of competitions.
To write between lines or to interline.
1. An interval between earthquake activities.
2. Between one seismic action and another one.
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1. A reference to some dreams that take place while sleeping: Albert recalled having occasional nightmares during his intersomnial experiences which sometimes caused him to wake up and have difficulty going back to sleep.
2. Etymology: from Latin inter, "among, between" + Latin somnium, "sleep".
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Relating to periods of times between sleeping and waking up: Walter heard some sounds in the distance before he woke up because he thought he heard his mother calling his name during his intersomnious condition.
Related "together" units:
Cross references of word families related directly, or indirectly, to: "internal organs, entrails, inside":