extrapolate

[ik-strap-uh-leyt]
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verb (used with object), ex·trap·o·lat·ed, ex·trap·o·lat·ing.
  1. to infer (an unknown) from something that is known; conjecture.
  2. Statistics. to estimate (the value of a variable) outside the tabulated or observed range.
  3. Mathematics. to estimate (a function that is known over a range of values of its independent variable) to values outside the known range.
verb (used without object), ex·trap·o·lat·ed, ex·trap·o·lat·ing.
  1. to perform extrapolation.

Origin of extrapolate

First recorded in 1825–35; extra- + (inter)polate
Related formsex·trap·o·la·tion, nounex·trap·o·la·tive, ex·trap·o·la·to·ry [ik-strap-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪkˈstræp ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveex·trap·o·la·tor, nouno·ver·ex·trap·o·la·tion, noun
Can be confuseddeduction extrapolation induction generalization hypothesis
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Contemporary Examples of extrapolate

Historical Examples of extrapolate

  • They extrapolate a sequence beautifully—but they can be out-thought.

    Breaking Point

    James E. Gunn

  • Do you extrapolate your mastications, too, and get frightened of the stink you might get?

    Breaking Point

    James E. Gunn

  • "Jamison will extrapolate from there," Cochrane assured him.

    Operation: Outer Space

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • The scientists had worked late, trying to extrapolate their data into some kind of prediction.

    The Flaming Mountain

    Harold Leland Goodwin

  • Jamison began to extrapolate from his observations out the control-room port, adding film-clips for authority.

    Operation: Outer Space

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins


British Dictionary definitions for extrapolate

extrapolate

verb
  1. maths to estimate (a value of a function or measurement) beyond the values already known, by the extension of a curveCompare interpolate (def. 4)
  2. to infer (something not known) by using but not strictly deducing from the known facts
Derived Formsextrapolation, nounextrapolative or extrapolatory, adjectiveextrapolator, noun

Word Origin for extrapolate

C19: extra- + -polate, as in interpolate
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Word Origin and History for extrapolate
v.

1874, a back-formation from extrapolation by analogy of interpolate. Said in early references to be an expression of Sir George Airy (1801-1892), English mathematician and astronomer. Related: Extrapolated; extrapolating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

extrapolate in Science

extrapolate

[ĭk-străpə-lāt′]
  1. To estimate the value of a quantity that falls outside the range in which its values are known.
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