priority interrupt[prī′är·əd·ē ′int·ə‚rəpt]
An interrupt procedure in which control is passed to the monitor, the required operation is initiated, and then control returns to the running program, which never knows that it has been interrupted.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Any stimulus compelling enough to yank one right out of hack mode. Classically used to describe being dragged away by an SO for immediate sex, but may also refer to more mundane interruptions such as a fire alarm going off in the near vicinity. Also called an NMI (non-maskable interrupt), especially in PC-land.
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