Meaning – The term interrupt, refers to the suspension of a process, such as execution of a computer program caused by an external event, and performed in such a way that the process can be resumed.

It also refers to the act of stopping a process in such a way that it may be resumed again at a later date.

An interrupt is a signal sent to the processor that interrupts the current process. It may be generated by a hardware device or a software program.

Software interrupts are used to handle errors and exceptions that occur while a program is running. For example, if a program expects a variable to be a valid number, but the value is null, an interrupt may be generated to prevent the program from crashing.

Example of usage“Typing “hello” creates five interrupt requests, which allows the program to display the letters you typed. Similarly, each time you click a mouse button or tap on a touchscreen, you send an interrupt signal to the device.”