from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who translates orally from one language into another.
- n. One who gives or expounds an interpretation: "An actor is an interpreter of other men's words, often a soul which wishes to reveal itself to the world” ( Alec Guinness).
- n. Computer Science A program that translates an instruction into a machine language and executes it before proceeding to the next instruction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who listens to a speaker in one language and relates that utterance to the audience in a different language. Contrasted with translator.
- n. One who explains something, such as an art exhibit.
- n. A program which executes another program written in a programming language other than machine code.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who or that which interprets, explains, or expounds; a translator; especially, a person who translates orally between two parties.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which interprets; one who explains or expounds; an expositor; a translator; especially, one who explains what is said in a different language.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (computer science) a program that translates and executes source language statements one line at a time
- n. someone who mediates between speakers of different languages
- n. an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose
- n. someone who uses art to represent something
Of course, having an interpreter is also good, but the interpreted words may lack the vital ingredient because you do not feel the emotion accompanied by these words being passed.
One critic, Stanley Fish, has said that his goal as an interpreter is not to find ‘the truth,’ but to be as interesting as possible.
On Aug. 12, the wire services reported fighting near the Pakistani border and the death of three U.S. soldiers and their Afghan interpreter from a roadside bomb.
In other words, the interpreter is not permitted to go up to the election officials and inform them that she intends to go into the booth and help the voter.
The use of an interpreter is needed to communicate and there is always something lost along those lines.
And Salon has reprinted a post from Iraqi blogger Riverbend about Alan Ghazi, the slain interpreter who worked with Carroll:
The Python interactive interpreter is a lower-level interface to playsh.
After sitting down in a restaurant in southern Delhi, we called the interpreter to explain that we wanted a wheat-free recommendation from the waiter.
Lt. Hinh allegedly worked didn't exist at the time and location cited by the source, thus the existence of the interpreter is moot.
The appointing order may contain a provision for the withdrawal of unarraigned cases from other courts-martial and referral of those cases to the new court; it should contain no reference as to whether a reporter or interpreter is authorized.