user interface

plural user interfaces

Definition of user interface

: software that is designed to allow a computer user to interact with the operating system of a machine or system (such as by selecting presented options or entering text commands) Likewise, the user interface is remarkably unintuitive, requiring a whirlwind of relentless mouse clicking to move, talk, touch, look, or manipulate onscreen objects.— Scott A. May … a new user interface he vows will change the way people use computers.InfoWorld especially : graphical user interface abbreviation UI

First Known Use of user interface

1967, in the meaning defined above

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“User interface.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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