Mathematics. to insert, estimate, or find an intermediate term in (a sequence).
to alter (a text) by the insertion of new matter, especially deceptively or without authorization.
to insert (new or spurious matter) in this manner.
to make an interpolation.
- in·ter·po·la·ble [in-tur-puh-luh-buhl], /ɪnˈtɜr pə lə bəl/, adjective
- in·ter·po·lat·er, in·ter·po·la·tor, noun
- in·ter·po·la·to·ry [in-tur-puh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /ɪnˈtɜr pə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, in·ter·po·la·tive, adjective
- in·ter·po·la·tive·ly, adverb
- non·in·ter·po·lat·ing, adjective
- non·in·ter·po·la·tive, adjective
- un·in·ter·po·lat·ed, adjective
- un·in·ter·po·la·tive, adjective
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How to use interpolate in a sentence
His proofs of this odd oversight of the fraudulent interpolator, who should have altered the line, are Iliad, IV.Homer and His Age | Andrew Lang
I ventured in 1896 to suggest that the interpolator was trying to please Pisistratus, but this was said in a spirit of mockery.Homer and His Age | Andrew Lang
Finally came Interpolator B, who was the first to combine the Grendel story, thus elaborated, with the dragon story.Beowulf | R. W. Chambers
Interpolator B was responsible for the great bulk of the interpolations: episodes from other cycles and "theologizing" matter.Beowulf | R. W. Chambers
If John vii., 3-11, is an interpolation let us hope Heaven has long ago blessed the interpolator.The Delicious Vice | Young E. Allison
British Dictionary definitions for interpolate
to insert or introduce (a comment, passage, etc) into (a conversation, text, etc)
to falsify or alter (a text, manuscript, etc) by the later addition of (material, esp spurious or valueless passages)
(intr) to make additions, interruptions, or insertions
maths to estimate (a value of a function) between the values already known or determined: Compare extrapolate (def. 1)
- interpolater or interpolator, noun
- interpolative, adjective
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