- a jumbling of radio signals, caused by the reception of undesired ones.
- the signals or device producing the incoherence.
- the act of a teammate or of teammates running ahead of a ball-carrier and blocking prospective tacklers out of the way: to run interference for the halfback.
- such a teammate or such teammates collectively: to follow one's interference.
- the act of illegally hindering an opponent from catching a forward pass or a kick.
- (in bilingualism and foreign-language learning) the overlapping of two languages.
- deviation from the norm of either language in such a situation.
Origin of interference
Related Words for interferenceobstruction, conflict, intrusion, intervention, background, prying, resistance, barring, arrest, opposition, hindrance, retardation, choking, interposition, blocking, clashing, hampering, tackling
Examples from the Web for interference
Contemporary Examples of interference
Finally free of Japanese interference, Korea elected its first autonomous government in almost half a century.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea
December 30, 2014
The families of the missing aid workers worry that Italian interference will put their daughters at risk, too.Families of Italian Aid Workers Held by ISIS Fear for Their Lives After Foley's Death
Barbie Latza Nadeau
August 22, 2014
In recent months the interference of the Supreme Leader has not been limited to the nuclear case.Iran Supreme Leader Spills the Nuke Talk Secrets
July 12, 2014
Four days prior, 1,800 lawyers marched through the city in protest at Chinese interference.Massive Hong Kong Protest Calls for More Democracy
July 1, 2014
Forget reports that the Russian president has wound down his campaign of interference in east Ukraine.Putin Is Just Getting Started in Ukraine
June 19, 2014
Historical Examples of interference
It were a sad world indeed if God's presence were only interference, that is, miracle.Weighed and Wanting
But the interference must be regulated by some theory of the individual's rights.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
"It's the interference makes me mad," Mrs. North declared, hotly.Quaint Courtships
According to his lights, he's right not to allow any interference with his harem from Europeans.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
What troubles our ancestors most is the interference with their religious life.
1783, formed irregularly from interfere on model of difference, etc. Broadcasting and telephoning sense is from 1887. In chess from 1913; in U.S. football from 1894.
The disturbance that results when two waves come together at a single point in space; the disturbance is the sum of the contribution of each wave. For example, if two crests of identical waves arrive together, the net disturbance will be twice as large as each incoming wave; if the crest of one wave arrives with the trough of another, there will be no disturbance at all.