[ 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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM extrapolateex·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
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British Dictionary definitions for extrapolative
/ (ɪkˈstræpəˌleɪt) /
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 forms of extrapolateextrapolation, nounextrapolative or extrapolatory, adjectiveextrapolator, noun
Word Origin for extrapolate
C19: extra- + -polate, as in interpolate
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Scientific definitions for extrapolative
[ ĭk-străp′ə-lāt′ ]
To estimate the value of a quantity that falls outside the range in which its values are known.
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