Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A surface forming a common boundary between adjacent regions, bodies, substances, or phases.
  • noun A point at which independent systems or diverse groups interact.
  • noun A system of interaction or communication between a computer and another entity such as a printer, another computer, a network, or a human user.
  • noun A device, such as a cable, network card, monitor, or keyboard, that enables interaction or communication between a computer and another entity.
  • noun The layout or design of the interactive elements of a computer program, an online service, or an electronic device.
  • intransitive verb To join by means of an interface.
  • intransitive verb To serve as an interface for.
  • intransitive verb To serve as an interface or become interfaced.
  • intransitive verb Usage Problem To interact or coordinate smoothly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A plane surface regarded as the common boundary of two bodies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a surface forming a common boundary between two things, especially between two fluids.
  • noun (Computers) hardware that links one device with another (especially a computer).
  • noun (Computers) That part of a computer program which controls the way a program interacts with a user; the manner of inputting and outputting of data, and the way information is presented on a computer monitor; also called user interface.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The point of interconnection between two entities.
  • noun chemistry, physics A thin layer or boundary between two different substances or two phases of a single substance.
  • noun computing The point of interconnection between two systems or subsystems.
  • noun computing The connection between a user and a machine.
  • noun computing The connection between parts of software.
  • noun computing In object-oriented programming, a piece of code defining a set of operations that other code must implement.
  • verb transitive to construct an interface for, to connect through an interface
  • verb intransitive to be an interface, to be into an interface

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

  • noun (computer science) computer circuit consisting of the hardware and associated circuitry that links one device with another (especially a computer and a hard disk drive or other peripherals)
  • noun (computer science) a program that controls a display for the user (usually on a computer monitor) and that allows the user to interact with the system
  • noun (chemistry) a surface forming a common boundary between two things (two objects or liquids or chemical phases)
  • noun the overlap where two theories or phenomena affect each other or have links with each other

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Examples

  • And even though the interface is awful compared to Apples, the software is much more flexible.

    Why Does Everyone Heart Boxee?

  • Connection, location and device agnostic – the interface is the same irrespective of which computer and where I login to a cloud service

    The way to communicate via clouds. « Baby is 60 – Tim Panton on voice and computers

  • To use the analogy "to most users, the interface is the computer" he pointed out that with any paper we read the figure is the thing one remembers most and so the philosophy "to most viewers the presentation is the data".

    Google Earth Scientific Applications

  • To use the analogy "to most users, the interface is the computer" he pointed out that with any paper we read the figure is the thing one remembers most and so the philosophy "to most viewers the presentation is the data".

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • Note: If this interface is the Main CVC management interface for which you set an initial

    Setting the IP address

  • After you create an interface in the IP section, the interface is available for other sections.

    Identifying Ethernet or WAN Primary Interfaces

  • The show ospf config command displays configured settings for each interface, including the IP address of the interface, the area the interface is assigned to, and whether the interface is an active or passive OSPF interface.

    show ospf

  • In this case, the interface is attached to a small network with a gateway router and a few server hosts that run FTP, mail, DNS, and web servers.

    IP Filter Section Examples

  • At his company's half-yearly financial results briefing today, Wesfarmers chief executive Richard Goyder said the auto-replenishment system, which he described as the interface between Coles 'systems and its supply chain, had been rolled out to 44 stores and was on track to reach a total of 200 stores by the end of the company's financial year in mid-2010.

    ZDNET.com.au

  • At his company's half-yearly financial results briefing today, Wesfarmers chief executive Richard Goyder said the auto-replenishment system, which he described as the interface between Coles 'systems and its supply chain, had been rolled out to 44 stores and was on track to reach a total of 200 stores by the end of the company's financial year in mid-2010.

    ZDNET.com.au

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  • A horrible word as a noun and even worse as a verb.

    January 11, 2007

  • Yeah, it's sexual in a lame kind of way... or maybe I've just heard it in weird nerd pick-up lines a few too many times.

    January 11, 2007

  • As a noun, I don't have a problem with it. UI issues are fascinating to me as a web developer; and it's always interesting to see what companies like Apple are doing with clickwheels and multitouch.

    But as a verb? I shudder.

    January 11, 2007