American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or process of interpreting.
- n. A result of interpreting.
- n. An explanation or conceptualization by a critic of a work of literature, painting, music, or other art form; an exegesis.
- n. A performer's distinctive personal version of a song, dance, piece of music, or role; a rendering.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of interpreting, expounding, or explaining; translation; explanation; elucidation: as, the interpretation of a difficult passage in an author; the interpretation of dreams or of prophecy.
- n. The sense given by an interpreter; assumed meaning; apparent meaning; signification: as, varying interpretations of the same passage or event: to put a bad interpretation upon anything. In law, interpretation in this sense usually implies either that a word or phrase, read in the light of other parts of the instrument or of extrinsic evidence, is found to have a meaning different from that first apparent on its face; or
- n. The representation of a dramatic part or character, or the rendering of a musical composition, according to one's particular conception of it: as, an original and spirited interpretation of “Hamlet.”
- n. countable An act of interpreting or explaining what is obscure; a translation; a version; a construction.
- n. countable A sense given by an interpreter; an exposition or explanation given; meaning .
- n. uncountable The power of explaining.
- n. countable An artist's way of expressing his thought or embodying his conception of nature.
- n. countable An act or process of applying general principles or formulae to the explanation of the results obtained in special cases.
- n. countable, physics An approximation that allows aspects of a mathematical theory to be discussed in ordinary language.
- n. countable, logic An assignment of a truth value to each propositional symbol of a propositional calculus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of interpreting; explanation of what is obscure; translation; version; construction.
- n. The sense given by an interpreter; exposition or explanation given; meaning.
- n. rare The power or explaining.
- n. (Fine Arts) An artist's way of expressing his thought or embodying his conception of nature.
- n. (Math.) The act or process of applying general principles or formulæ to the explanation of the results obtained in special cases.
- n. the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance
- n. an explanation that results from interpreting something
- n. a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something
- n. an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious
- Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French, from Latin interpretationem, accusative of interpretatio, noun of action from interpretari ("to explain, expound, interpret, understand, conclude, infer, comprehend") (Wiktionary)
“Similarly, again, in some sense of ˜interpretation™, the interpretation of the expression ˜some human™ in the following sentence depends on the interpretation of ˜It is possible that™, but again this is not an example of anaphora:”
“Conclusive for the correctness of this interpretation, as represented by the Swedish government, _is the approval the Norwegian government itself gave this interpretation_ by conceding that the Foreign Minister might give direct orders to the Norwegian Consuls, which, in certain cases, implied a hierarchal relationship between the Foreign Minister and the Norwegian”
“Hence the root of the matter is the interpretation of the stones, or not so much their full interpretation as the discovery of a _method of interpretation_, which shall be sure.”
Studies in Central American Picture-Writing First Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1879-80, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1881, pages 205-245
“In the case of Gilles Deleuze, this change in interpretation is particularly evident in the”
“Even the idea that looking at original intent in interpretation is given the label ‘originalism’ is close to absurd, as EVERY judge ought to be looking to the intent of the words in the laws as a part of their legal interpretation (how much weight you give it may be a matter for debate, but it must be a part of the fabric of judicial interpretation).”
“Explanation also is used interchangeably with the term interpretation, particularly by self psychologists, in order to differentiate interpretations around selfobject needs from more classical interpretations of unconscious wishes, instinctual impulses, and superego conflicts.”
“The ambiguity here requires a resolution — to wit, in domestic mattes our interpretation is the only one that counts.”
“They (I think) would concede that this interpretation is at odds with existing precedent, though they would be in favor of such precedent being overruled.”
“Honestly, no other interpretation is at all feasible. tomemos says:”
“I realize this interpretation is anathema to the Darwnian monophyletic mindset but that does not mean that it is wrong.”
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