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interpolation

[in-tur-puh-ley-shuh n] /ɪnˌtɜr pəˈleɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of interpolating or the state of being interpolated.
2.
something interpolated, as a passage introduced into a text.
3.
Mathematics.
  1. the process of determining the value of a function between two points at which it has prescribed values.
  2. a similar process using more than two points at which the function has prescribed values.
  3. the process of approximating a given function by using its values at a discrete set of points.
Origin of interpolation
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15, interpolation is from the Latin word interpolātiōn- (stem of interpolātiō). See interpolate, -ion
Related forms
noninterpolation, noun
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interpolation

/ɪnˌtɜːpəˈleɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of interpolating or the state of being interpolated
2.
something interpolated
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Word Origin and History for interpolation
n.

1610s, from French interpolation (early 17c.), or directly from Latin interpolationem (nominative interpolatio), noun of action from past participle stem of interpolare (see interpolate).

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