: the legal blocking of an opponent in football to make way for the ballcarrier
: confusion of a received radio signal due to the presence of noise (such as atmospherics) or signals from two or more transmitters on a single frequency
: something that produces such confusion
: the mutual effect on meeting of two wave trains (as of light or sound) that constitutes alternating areas of increased and decreased amplitude (such as light and dark lines or louder and softer sound)
: partial or complete inhibition or sometimes facilitation of other genetic crossovers in the vicinity of a chromosomal locus where a preceding crossover has occurred
: the disturbing effect of new learning on the performance of previously learned behavior with which it is inconsistent
We had to put up with loud noise and constant interference from the neighbors. interference in the affairs of another nation
trying to avoid governmental interference
It was hard to hear the radio program because of all the interference.
The TV picture had a lot of interference.
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Recent Examples on the WebThe score came about 3 minutes after Wisconsin won a challenge to wipe off an Ohio State goal due to goalie interference.—Mark Stewart, Journal Sentinel, 22 Jan. 2023 Craig Smith committed interference in the neutral zone and while the Rangers were working with the extra attacker, a K’Andre Miller one-timer dropped Nosek with 59 seconds left in the frame.—Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Jan. 2023 That violence was fueled by false election interference claims, mirroring attacks in the United States on January 6, 2021.—Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 19 Jan. 2023 Adam Driver stars as Daniel Jones, the lead investigator who plowed an increasingly lonely path to the truth, battling against political resistance and CIA interference all the way.—WIRED, 17 Jan. 2023 Latif Afridi, also a former lawmaker, had been a vocal critic of the powerful military’s alleged interference in Pakistani politics and of Islamist militancy.—Tara Subramaniam, CNN, 17 Jan. 2023 In addition, a special grand jury investigating election interference in Georgia has submitted its report, which a judge will decide whether to make public and authorities will use to decide whether to bring charges.—Isaac Arnsdorf, Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2023 Renner's Mike McLusky runs interference between the inmates, the guards, the cops and the criminals on the outside, keeping peace and putting himself in danger everyday.—Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 13 Jan. 2023 The goaltender interference challenge was a critical moment.—Phil Thompson, Chicago Tribune, 13 Jan. 2023 See More
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