in·​ter·​op·​er·​a·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌin-tər-ˌä-p(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce interoperability (audio) \

Definition of interoperability

: ability of a system (such as a weapons system) to work with or use the parts or equipment of another system

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interoperable \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈä-​p(ə-​)rə-​bəl How to pronounce interoperable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of interoperability in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Thread Group, a coalition of smart home device manufacturers that includes Nest, Big Ass Fans, Jasco, Yale Security, and a number of other companies, is working on Zigbee interoperability. Michael Brown, PCWorld, "Nest Wifi's integrated smart speakers could give it an edge over Amazon Echo," 15 Oct. 2019 This is valuable not only for the obvious economic benefits, but also for interoperability between allies, partners and friends. James Stavridis, Time, "Despite the Pensacola Shooting, It's a Good Thing for U.S. to Train Foreign Militaries," 9 Dec. 2019 Web standardization plays a crucial role not only for interoperability, but also for ensuring user trust in the technology, including the security and privacy guarantees. Wired, "Opinion: Websites Ask for Permissions And Attack Forgiveness," 19 Nov. 2019 OpenRAN, a standards body, wants infrastructure manufacturers like Huawei to agree on standards for the technology in their networks that shuttles data around to ease interoperability. The Economist, "Huawei may sell its 5G technology to a Western buyer," 11 Sep. 2019 And in June, U.S. and Mongolian forces participated in the annual Khaan Quest military exercise focusing on peacekeeping and other interoperability training. Washington Post, "Pentagon chief visits Mongolia to strengthen military bonds," 9 Aug. 2019 This was a major release that added many new features, as well as interoperability enhancements (read: better import and export of Microsoft Office documents) and performance increases. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "A look at LibreOffice’s new 6.3.0 “fresh” release," 13 Aug. 2019 This strategy is also animated by the rising adoption in Africa of smartphones, the growth of account-to-account interoperability, besides the ancillary industries like e-commerce facilitated by mobile money. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s biggest bank is going after the continent’s informal markets," 28 Aug. 2019 Those open source adoption programs have had a notoriously rough ride, plagued with interoperability issues—just because one town changes its office applications doesn't mean its neighboring towns, parent state, or even its own citizens have. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Office 365 declared illegal in German schools due to privacy risks," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of interoperability

1965, in the meaning defined above

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28 Dec 2019

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“Interoperability.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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