Definition of Interface

1. Noun. (chemistry) a surface forming a common boundary between two things (two objects or liquids or chemical phases).

Category relationships: Physical Chemistry
Generic synonyms: Surface
Specialized synonyms: Oil-water Interface
Derivative terms: Interfacial

2. Noun. (computer science) a program that controls a display for the user (usually on a computer monitor) and that allows the user to interact with the system.
Exact synonyms: User Interface
Category relationships: Computer Science, Computing
Generic synonyms: Computer Program, Computer Programme, Program, Programme
Specialized synonyms: Cli, Command Line Interface, Graphical User Interface, Gui

3. Noun. The overlap where two theories or phenomena affect each other or have links with each other. "The interface between chemistry and biology"
Generic synonyms: Convergence, Intersection, Overlap

4. Noun. (computer science) computer circuit consisting of the hardware and associated circuitry that links one device with another (especially a computer and a hard disk drive or other peripherals).
Exact synonyms: Port
Generic synonyms: Computer Circuit
Specialized synonyms: Parallel Interface, Parallel Port, Serial Port, Scsi, Small Computer System Interface
Category relationships: Computer Science, Computing

Definition of Interface

1. Noun. The point of interconnection between two entities. ¹

2. Noun. (computing) The point of interconnection between two systems or subsystems. ¹

3. Noun. (computing) The connection between a user and a machine. ¹

4. Noun. (computing) The connection between parts of object-oriented software. ¹

5. Noun. (context: chemistry physics) A thin layer or boundary between two different substances or two phases of a single substance. ¹

6. Noun. (computing) In object-oriented programming, a piece of code defining a set of operations that other code must implement. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) to construct an interface for, to connect through an interface ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive) to be an interface, to be into an interface ¹

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Medical Definition of Interface

1. 1. A surface that forms a common boundary of two bodies. 2. The boundary between regions of different radiopacity, acoustic, or magnetic resonance properties; the projection of the interface between tissues of different such properties on an image. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Interface

interesting condition
interestingly enough
interface (current term)
interface segregation principle
interfacial canals
interfacial energy
interfacial surface tension
interfacial tension

Literary usage of Interface

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Permafrost: North American Contribution [to The] Second International by Building Research Advisory Board Staff (1973)
"When the direction of shearing was perpendicular to that of the ice lenses, the interface between the frozen and thawed zones was considered to be rough. ..."

2. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh by Royal Society of Edinburgh (1900)
"On the Reflexion and Refraction of Solitary Plane Waves at a Plane interface between two Isotropic Elastic Mediums—Fluid, Solid, or Ether. ..."

3. Utilisation and Reliability of High Power Proton Accelerators: Workshop by NEA Nuclear Science Committee (2005)
"In order to design a pumping system for the accelerator-reactor interface region, vacuum gas dynamics theoretical considerations and experimental ..."

4. Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Resources: The Role of the edited by Catharyn T. Liverman, Carrie E. Ingalls, Carolyn E. Fulco, Howard M. Kipen (1998)
"The committee realizes that the state-of- the-science in interface design is rapidly changing and chooses to highlight a few of the innovations that could ..."

5. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"In other words there is no stress tangential to the interface at any point. Hence if the contiguous portions are at relative rest, or have a relative motion ..."

6. Educator's Guide to Electronic Networking: Creating Virtual Communities by Barbara L. Kurshans (1996)
"User interface The ease with which users can access, and make their way through, an electronic network is critical to the amount of participation in, ..."

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