extrapolate

[ ik-strap-uh-leyt ]
/ ɪkˈstræp əˌleɪt /

verb (used with object), ex·trap·o·lat·ed, ex·trap·o·lat·ing.

to infer (an unknown) from something that is known; conjecture.
Statistics. to estimate (the value of a variable) outside the tabulated or observed range.
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.

to perform extrapolation.

Nearby words

  1. extraordinary wave,
  2. extraperitoneal fascia,
  3. extraphysical,
  4. extraphysiologic,
  5. extraplanetary,
  6. extrapolation,
  7. extrapose,
  8. extraposition,
  9. extraprofessional,
  10. extrapyramidal

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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British Dictionary definitions for extrapolate

extrapolate

/ (ɪkˈstræpəˌleɪt) /

verb

maths to estimate (a value of a function or measurement) beyond the values already known, by the extension of a curveCompare interpolate (def. 4)
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

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.

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Science definitions for extrapolate

extrapolate

[ ĭk-străpə-lāt′ ]

To estimate the value of a quantity that falls outside the range in which its values are known.
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