interface

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noun

in·​ter·​face ˈin-tər-ˌfās How to pronounce interface (audio)
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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
2
: a surface forming a common boundary of two bodies, spaces, or phases
an oil-water interface
interfacial adjective

interface

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verb

interfaced; interfacing; interfaces

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 in a Sentence

Noun the interface between engineering and science The software has a user interface that's easy to operate. We installed an interface between the computer and the typesetting machine. Verb interface a machine with a computer the point at which the two machines interface
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
For the past two years, shortcomings in generative-AI products—hallucinations; slow, wonky interfaces; stilted prose; images that showed too many teeth or couldn’t render fingers; chatbots going rogue—have been dismissed by AI companies as kinks that will eventually be worked out. Charlie Warzel, The Atlantic, 12 July 2024 Our federal, state and local governments need to invest in coordinated forest management, wildland-urban interface management and climate change mitigation, all of which could yield significant public health benefits through reducing the frequency and severity of wildfires and smoke exposure. Michael Jerrett, The Mercury News, 10 July 2024
Verb
But in interfacing with his fans, there will always be that cloud of trust. Peter Bart, Deadline, 11 July 2024 Automation is more difficult the more dependent a process is on interfacing with different systems. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 5 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for interface 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1962, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of interface was in 1882

Dictionary Entries Near interface

Cite this Entry

“Interface.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interface. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

interface

1 of 2 noun
in·​ter·​face ˈint-ər-ˌfās How to pronounce interface (audio)
1
: a surface forming a common boundary of two bodies, spaces, or phases
an interface between oil and water
2
a
: the place at which independent systems meet and act on or communicate with each other
b
: the ways by which interaction or communication is brought about at an interface
interfacial adjective

interface

2 of 2 verb
1
: to connect or become connected through an interface
2
: to serve as an interface for

Medical Definition

interface

noun
in·​ter·​face ˈint-ər-ˌfās How to pronounce interface (audio)
: a surface forming a common boundary of two bodies, spaces, or phases
interfaces between various tissues such as skin, fatty tissue, and muscleH. P. Schwan
interface transitive verb
interfaced; interfacing
interfacial adjective
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