interface


1in·ter·face

noun \ˈin-tər-ˌfās\

: the place or area at which different things meet and communicate with or affect each other

: a system that is used for operating a computer : a system that controls the way information is shown to a computer user and the way the user is able to work with the computer

: an area or system through which one machine is connected to another machine

Full Definition of INTERFACE

1
:  a surface forming a common boundary of two bodies, spaces, or phases <an oil-water interface>
2
a :  the place at which independent and often unrelated systems meet and act on or communicate with each other <the man-machine interface>
b :  the means by which interaction or communication is achieved at an interface
in·ter·fa·cial \ˌin-tər-ˈfā-shəl\ adjective

Examples of INTERFACE

  1. the interface between engineering and science
  2. The software has a user interface that's easy to operate.
  3. We installed an interface between the computer and the typesetting machine.

First Known Use of INTERFACE

1882

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous

2interface

verb

: to connect or become connected : to connect by means of an interface

Full Definition of INTERFACE

transitive verb
1
:  to connect by means of an interface <interface a machine with a computer>
2
:  to serve as an interface for
intransitive verb
1
:  to become interfaced
2
:  to interact or coordinate harmoniously

Examples of INTERFACE

  1. interface a machine with a computer
  2. the point at which the two machines interface

First Known Use of INTERFACE

1962

in·ter·face

noun \ˈint-ər-ˌfās\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INTERFACE

: a surface forming a common boundary of two bodies, spaces, or phases <interfaces between various tissues such as skin, fatty tissue, and muscle—H. P. Schwan>
interface transitive verb, interfaced interfac·ing
in·ter·fa·cial \ˌint-ər-ˈfā-shəl\ adjective

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