Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An abrupt change in elements, with continuation of the first idea.
  • n. the process of estimating the value of a function at a point from its values at nearby points.
  • n. The process of including and processing externally-fetched data in a document or program; see interpolate.
  • n. That which is introduced or inserted, especially something foreign or spurious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of introducing or inserting anything, especially that which is spurious or foreign.
  • n. That which is introduced or inserted, especially something foreign or spurious.
  • n. The method or operation of finding from a few given terms of a series, as of numbers or observations, other intermediate terms in conformity with the law of the series.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of interpolating; the insertion of new words or expressions in a book or manuscript; especially, the falsification of a text by spurious or unauthorized insertions.
  • n. That which is interpolated; new or (especially) spurious matter inserted; an unannounced or unauthorized insertion in a text.
  • n. In mathematics, the process of finding, from the given values of a function for certain values of the variable, its approximate value for an intermediate value of the variable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a message (spoken or written) that is introduced or inserted
  • n. (mathematics) calculation of the value of a function between the values already known
  • n. the action of interjecting or interposing an action or remark that interrupts

Etymologies

Latin interpolatio an alteration made here and there: compare French interpolation. (Wiktionary)

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