[noun in-ter-feys; verb in-ter-feys, in-ter-feys]
- a surface regarded as the common boundary of two bodies, spaces, or phases.
- the facts, problems, considerations, theories, practices, etc., shared by two or more disciplines, procedures, or fields of study: the interface between chemistry and physics.
- a common boundary or interconnection between systems, equipment, concepts, or human beings.
- communication or interaction: Interface between the parent company and its subsidiaries has never been better.
- a thing or circumstance that enables separate and sometimes incompatible elements to coordinate effectively: The organization serves as an interface between the state government and the public.
- computer hardware or software designed to communicate information between hardware devices, between software programs, between devices and programs, or between a device and a user.
- to bring into an interface.
- to bring together; connect or mesh: The management is interfacing several departments with an information service from overseas.
- to be in an interface.
- to function as an interface.
- to meet or communicate directly; interact, coordinate, synchronize, or harmonize (often followed by with): The two communications systems are able to interface with each other.
Origin of interface
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Examples from the Web for interface
This borderland—the interface of human activity and wild habitat—is the most dangerous region of all for bears.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
It serves as the heart of the collective works, as an interface between the cosmos and humanity.The Tiniest Jackson Pollock
November 5, 2014
Apple also created the preferred devices for accessing this interface, and the music it channeled.Apple Wants Beats So It Can Control You
May 12, 2014
The interface was great, really user-friendly, really clear.Why Obamacare Could Help the Democrats in 2014
December 5, 2013
State exchanges are given the option to interface with so-called “web-based entities.”Obamacare’s Rollout Is a Disaster That Didn’t Have to Happen
October 20, 2013
There remains the question of the precipitation of the tanning colloid at the interface.Animal Proteins
Hugh Garner Bennett
They embody expectations and plans for change; and they need to interface between the given and the desired or the expected.
The interaction of the user with the machine is translated by interface programs into whatever a machine can process.
The experience of interface design can help us understand the direction of change to which the new pragmatics commits us.
The various concerns raised so far only reiterate how important it is to understand the nature of interface processes.
- chem a surface that forms the boundary between two bodies, liquids, or chemical phases
- a common point or boundary between two things, subjects, etc
- an electrical circuit linking one device, esp a computer, with another
- (tr) to design or adapt the input and output configurations of (two electronic devices) so that they may work together compatibly
- to be or become an interface (with)
- to be or become interactive (with)
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Word Origin and History for interface
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A surface forming a common boundary between adjacent regions or bodies.
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- The point of interaction or communication between a computer and any other entity, such as a printer or human operator.
- The layout of an application's graphic or textual controls in conjunction with the way the application responds to user activity. See more at GUI.
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