interference

noun

in·​ter·​fer·​ence ˌin-tər-ˈfir-ən(t)s How to pronounce interference (audio)
ˌin-tə-
1
a
: the act or process of interfering
b
: something that interferes : obstruction
2
a
: the illegal hindering of an opponent in sports
b
: the legal blocking of an opponent in football to make way for the ballcarrier
3
a
: 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
b
: something that produces such confusion
4
: 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)
5
: partial or complete inhibition or sometimes facilitation of other genetic crossovers in the vicinity of a chromosomal locus where a preceding crossover has occurred
6
: the disturbing effect of new learning on the performance of previously learned behavior with which it is inconsistent
interferential
ˌin-tər-fə-ˈren(t)-shəl How to pronounce interference (audio)
ˌin-tə-
-ˌfir-ˈen(t)-
adjective

Examples of interference in a Sentence

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. a hockey player receiving a penalty for interference
Recent Examples on the Web The Context The articles come less than two weeks after the court ruled that presidents have immunity for official actions in former President Donald Trump's federal election interference case, sparking outrage from legal scholars and Democrats. David Faris, Newsweek, 10 July 2024 With wars raging in multiple global hot spots and platforms like X and Facebook struggling to monitor and report on political ads effectively, the risks of electoral interference and voter manipulation are significant. Steven Caplan, The Conversation, 9 July 2024 Trump faces four counts in the election interference case: conspiracy to defraud the United States; conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding; obstruction of and attempting to obstruct an official proceeding; and conspiracy against rights. Devlin Barrett, Washington Post, 9 July 2024 In a landmark decision this week, the Supreme Court ruled former presidents have immunity for their official acts, dealing a blow to the Special Counsel's 2020 election interference case. Nbc Universal, NBC News, 7 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for interference 

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Word History

First Known Use

1783, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of interference was in 1783

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“Interference.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interference. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

interference

noun
in·​ter·​fer·​ence ˌint-ə(r)-ˈfir-ən(t)s How to pronounce interference (audio)
1
a
: the act or process of interfering
b
: something that interferes
2
: the shared effect on meeting of two waves (as of light or sound) whereby the waves cancel each other at some points and strengthen each other at other points
3
a
: the act of legally blocking an opponent in football
b
: the act of illegally getting in the way of an opponent in sports
4
a
: confusion of received radio signals due to undesired signals
b
: something that produces such confusion

Medical Definition

interference

noun
in·​ter·​fer·​ence -ˈfir-ən(t)s How to pronounce interference (audio)
1
: the act or process of interfering
2
: the mutual effect on meeting of two wave trains (as of light or sound) that constitutes alternating areas of increased and decreased amplitude (as light and dark lines or louder and softer sound)
3
: partial or complete inhibition or sometimes facilitation of other genetic crossovers in the vicinity of a chromosomal locus where a preceding crossover has occurred
4
: the disturbing effect of new learning on the performance of previously learned behavior with which it is inconsistent compare negative transfer
5
: prevention of typical growth and development of a virus in a suitable host by the presence of another virus in the same host individual see interference phenomenon

Legal Definition

interference

noun
in·​ter·​fer·​ence
1
a
: the act or an instance of interfering
interference with contract
b
: something that interferes
2
: a hearing to determine the priority of invention at issue in a patent dispute

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