Definition of interrupter in US English:


(also interruptor)


  • 1A person or thing that interrupts.

    • ‘They are workers, after all, and the photographer, he and I agree in discussion, is not so much an intruder as an interrupter.’
    • ‘Usually to be found at private dinner parties, interrupters do not themselves tell anecdotes, they persistently correct the anecdotes of their loved ones.’
    • ‘The interrupter flicked his cigarette angrily and paced behind the main-talker.’
    • ‘I turned to the (extremely rude) interrupter sharply.’
    • ‘Alas, he makes nonsense of the whole thing by making the interrupters working-class busybodies of our own time, who would be watching Corrie rather than spending £20 a head heckling an ancient play.’
    • ‘These women stress the intense love and responsibility they feel toward the interrupters, but although these feelings increase motherhood's rewards, they also make it harder to give priority to any other kind of work.’
    • ‘Fredi and Kelly parted, smiling at the interrupters.’
    • ‘He is very good at it and doesn't need the ministrations of censors, interrupters, and editors who thoughtfully cut out important parts of his statements or replies.’
    • ‘The redhead lost his step and whipped around furiously to his interrupter only to have his lips met by another pair.’
    • ‘Taking at least a few minutes to try to understand Jay's insult, then giving up, Courtni glared at her supposedly inferior interrupter, enraged, but, forcing those feelings aside, faced a visibly impatient Ryan.’
    • ‘The other person - the interrupter - didn't say much either.’
    1. 1.1 A device that automatically breaks an electric circuit if a fault develops.
      • ‘Furthermore, a mechanical interrupter can be used to shield a sort result from contamination by an incorrectly functioning stream.’
      • ‘Depending how you planned your workshop, make sure to set up individual outlets for your large power equipment with ground fault circuit interrupter to prevent any electrical shocks from occurring.’
      • ‘They should also be served by a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI or GFI).’
      • ‘For those who go in, make sure their power hand tools have ground-circuit interrupters and their air-operated or electrical equipment is nonsparking.’
      • ‘Ground fault circuit interrupters are required for most, but not all, garage outlets.’
      • ‘Be sure ground fault circuit interrupters are specified for all electrical receptacles.’
      • ‘The ground fault circuit interrupter protects the user by shutting off the power when water splashes up onto the outlet.’
      • ‘For safety, the circuit should have a ground fault circuit interrupter.’
      • ‘For safety, run the extension cord from an outdoor electrical outlet with a ground-fault circuit interrupter.’
      • ‘Building codes require that every electrical receptacle be grounded and protected with ground-fault circuit interrupters, which shut off the room's electric current is there is a power surge or it moisture is present.’
      • ‘Ground fault interrupters (GFI's) are specifically designed to eliminate electric shock hazards where people use fixtures and appliances near water.’
      • ‘Outside outlets (or those in the bathroom, or garage) must also include ground fault interrupters.’
      • ‘In remodeling or designing a kitchen, there are certain aspects of design that must be followed, such as installing ground fault circuit interrupters on all receptacles within the kitchen.’
      • ‘The aircraft applicable ground fault circuit interrupter interrupts a circuit when a current imbalance is sensed.’
      • ‘Three common types of ground fault circuit interrupters are available for home use.’
      • ‘The electrical code requires that outlets in the bathroom by protected by a ground-fault interrupter.’
      • ‘Set this outlet at least 6 feet from the water and use only an outlet that is equipped with a ground fault interrupter for safety.’
      • ‘The pump runs on standard household current with a ground fault circuit interrupter outlet for safety.’