American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To be or create a hindrance or obstacle: loud talking that interfered with the other patrons' conversations; assistance that only interfered.
- v. Sports To perform an act of interference.
- v. To intervene or intrude in the affairs of others; meddle.
- v. To strike one hoof against the opposite hoof or leg while moving. Used of a horse.
- v. Physics & Electronics To cause interference.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take a part in the affairs of others; especially, to intermeddle; act in such a way as to check or hamper the action of other persons or things.
- To clash; come in collision; be in opposition: as, the claims of two nations may interfere; the two things interfere with each other.
- In farriery, to strike one hoof or the shoe of one hoof against the fetlock of the opposite leg (of the same pair): said of a horse.
- In physics, to act reciprocally upon one another so as to modify the effect of each, by augmenting, diminishing, or nullifying it: said of waves of light, heat, sound, water, etc. See interference, 5.
- Synonyms Intermeddle, Intervene, etc. See interpose.
- In base-ball, to obstruct unfairly a runner when he i s endeavoring to reach a base; also, so to obstruct a catcher or fielder who is endeavoring to handle or throw the ball.
- In foot-ball, to interpose between a runner and would-be tacklers in order to assist the former.
- v. intransitive To get involved or involve oneself, causing disturbance.
- v. intransitive, physics (of waves) To be correlated with each other when overlapped or superposed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To come in collision; to be in opposition; to clash; -- usually used with with.
- v. To enter into, or take a part in, the concerns of others; to intermeddle; to interpose; -- used with in or with.
- v. To strike one foot against the opposite foot or ankle in using the legs; -- sometimes said of a human being, but usually of a horse.
- v. (Physics) To act reciprocally, so as to augment, diminish, or otherwise affect one another; -- said of waves, rays of light, heat, etc. See Interference, 2.
- v. (Patent Law) To cover the same ground; to claim the same invention.
- v. get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force
- v. come between so as to be hindrance or obstacle
- Old French entreferir, from entre- + ferir ("to hit, to strike"), itself from the Latin verb ferio. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English enterferen, from Old French s'entreferer, to strike one another : entre-, between (from Latin inter-; see inter-) + ferir, to strike (from Latin ferīre). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“So even if you think that, e.g., laws barring discrimination against citizens of Hispanic origin interfere with liberty, we already have thatissue.”
“It's amazing what you can do when you don't let your brain interfere with your body.”
“I think health and safety did interfere, which is why we didn't see the Young Farmers Tug of War.”
“I answered Messrs. Frick and Gary, as set forth in the letter quoted above, to the effect that I did not deem it my duty to interfere, that is, to forbid the action which more than anything else in actual fact saved the situation.”
“The said gentlemen not to interfere, that is, to take sides with either party.”
“Messrs. Frick and Gary, as set forth in the letter quoted above, to the effect that I did not deem it my duty to interfere, that is, to forbid the action which more than anything else in actual fact saved the situation.”
“But I'm probably in a minority, as we're not supposed to "interfere" - even when criminal gangs like Gadaffi and his friends have have seized control of a country.”
“Hall, not being versed in finance and not wanting to let his pastoral calling interfere with WICB's future, sent Banks to Jamaica to be briefed by Rousseau.”
“But that is all fundie parents do, interfere, which is very sad and sick and does often do lasting damage.”
“The Speaker said it was wrong for MPs to "interfere" in other constituencies.”
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