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interval scale

  

      n     (Statistics)   a scale of measurement of data according to which the differences between values can be quantified in absolute but not relative terms and for which any zero is merely arbitrary: for instance, dates are measured on an interval scale since differences can be measured in years, but no sense can be given to a ratio of times  
   Compare       ordinal scale       ratio scale       nominal scale  
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interval  
      n  
1    the period of time marked off by or between two events, instants, etc.  
2    the distance between two points, objects, etc.  
3    a pause or interlude, as between periods of intense activity  
4      (Brit)   a short period between parts of a play, concert, film, etc.; intermission  
5      (Music)   the difference of pitch between two notes, either sounded simultaneously (harmonic interval) or in succession as in a musical part (melodic interval). An interval is calculated by counting the (inclusive) number of notes of the diatonic scale between the two notes  
the interval between C and G is a fifth     
6    the ratio of the frequencies of two sounds  
7      (Maths)  
a    the set containing all real numbers or points between two given numbers or points, called the endpoints. A closed interval includes the endpoints, but an open interval does not  
b    the set of points in n-dimensional space where coordinates satisfy the inequalities ai <leeq> xi <leeq> bi (closed interval) or ai <lab> xi <lab> bi (open interval) where ai <lab> bi  
8    at intervals  
a    occasionally or intermittently  
b    with spaces between  
     (C13: from Latin intervallum, literally: space between two palisades, from inter- + vallum palisade, rampart)  
  intervallic      adj  


class interval  
      n     (Statistics)   one of the intervals into which the range of a variable of a distribution is divided, esp. one of the divisions of the base line of a bar chart or histogram  
confidence interval  
      n     (Statistics)   an interval of values bounded by confidence limits within which the true value of a population parameter is stated to lie with a specified probability  
contour interval  
      n   the difference in altitude represented by the space between two contour lines on a map  
interval estimate  
      n     (Statistics)   an interval within which the true value of a parameter of a population is stated to lie with a predetermined probability on the basis of sampling statistics  
   Compare       point estimate  
interval scale  
      n     (Statistics)   a scale of measurement of data according to which the differences between values can be quantified in absolute but not relative terms and for which any zero is merely arbitrary: for instance, dates are measured on an interval scale since differences can be measured in years, but no sense can be given to a ratio of times  
   Compare       ordinal scale       ratio scale       nominal scale  
interval signal  
      n   a characteristic snatch of music, chimes, etc., transmitted as an identifying signal by a radio station between programme items  
interval training  
      n   a method of athletic training using alternate sprinting and jogging,   (Also called)    fartlek  
lunitidal interval  
      n   the difference in time between the moon crossing a meridian and the following high tide at that meridian  

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interval

  
  
break, delay, distance, entr'acte, gap, hiatus, interim, interlude, intermission, meantime, meanwhile, opening, pause, period, playtime, respite, rest, season, space, spell, term, time, wait  

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exp.
expression used when referring to something that is unlikely to happen soon (not in the time interval that one can resist holding his breath)
E.g.: "Will the economy recover any soon?" - "Don't hold your breath."

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