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

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However, interoperability between the software of different EHR vendors and different hospital systems is still far from being a reality. WSJ, "Health Records Should Focus on the Patient," 12 Mar. 2019 Changes to the Facebook apps Zuckerberg said that Facebook is basing its evolution on several principles: private interactions, encryption, reducing permanence, safety, interoperability, and securing data storage. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Zuckerberg, Facebook commit to building 'privacy focused platform,' dodging ads and fake news," 6 Mar. 2019 Whereas breaking up Facebook into smaller companies would mean splitting one walled garden into several more, mandating interoperability just tears down the walls. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "If You Want To Fix Facebook, Tear Down Its Walls," 31 July 2018 The lack of interoperability would also present major obstacles if the U.S. needed to fight a war alongside an ally whose advanced military equipment had been sourced from Russia or China. Alexander Benard, WSJ, "America Needs to Sell More Weapons," 1 July 2018 The decline of interoperability and open standards has long been chipping away at the freedom of the internet. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "If You Want To Fix Facebook, Tear Down Its Walls," 31 July 2018 For city and county authorities, the decision between BEBs and diesel or natural gas buses is still agonizingly difficult, involving considerations about infrastructure, interoperability, lock-in, and lifecycle analysis that are new to many of them. David Roberts, Vox, "China made solar panels cheap. Now it’s doing the same for electric buses.," 24 July 2018 Another reason is to improve interoperability between the two militaries. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Could U.S. Anti-Missile Defenses Let Japan Shoot Down North Korean Missiles?," 6 Nov. 2017 The problem may have been related to interoperability issues as carriers upgrade to the new Rich Communication Services protocol that the industry plans to use as a replacement for SMS texting. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Security News This Week: A Facebook Bug Unblocked Users for a Week," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of interoperability

1965, in the meaning defined above

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