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interface

[n. in-ter-feys; v. in-ter-feys, in-ter-feys]
noun
1.
a surface regarded as the common boundary of two bodies, spaces, or phases.
2.
the facts, problems, considerations, theories, practices, etc., shared by two or more disciplines, procedures, or fields of study: the interface between chemistry and physics.
3.
a common boundary or interconnection between systems, equipment, concepts, or human beings.
4.
communication or interaction: Interface between the parent company and its subsidiaries has never been better.
5.
a thing or circumstance that enables separate and sometimes incompatible elements to coordinate effectively: The organization serves as an interface between the state government and the public.
6.
Computers.
a.
equipment or programs designed to communicate information from one system of computing devices or programs to another.
b.
any arrangement for such communication.
verb (used with object), interfaced, interfacing.
7.
to bring into an interface.
8.
to bring together; connect or mesh: The management is interfacing several departments with an information service from overseas.
verb (used without object), interfaced, interfacing.
9.
to be in an interface.
10.
to function as an interface.
11.
to meet or communicate directly; interact, coordinate, synchronize, or harmonize (often followed by with ): The two communications systems are able to interface with each other.

Origin:
1880–85; inter- + face

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interface
 
n
1.  chem a surface that forms the boundary between two bodies, liquids, or chemical phases
2.  a common point or boundary between two things, subjects, etc
3.  an electrical circuit linking one device, esp a computer, with another
 
vb
4.  (tr) to design or adapt the input and output configurations of (two electronic devices) so that they may work together compatibly
5.  to be or become an interface (with)
6.  to be or become interactive (with)
 
interfacial
 
adj
 
inter'facially
 
adv

interfacing (ˈɪntəˌfeɪsɪŋ)
 
n
1.  a piece of fabric sewn beneath the facing of a garment, usually at the inside of the neck, armholes, etc, to give shape and firmness
2.  another name for interlining

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Word Origin & History

interface
1962 (n.), 1967 (v.), from inter- + face.
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Medical Dictionary

interface in·ter·face (ĭn'tər-fās')
n.
A surface forming a common boundary between adjacent regions or bodies.

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Science Dictionary
interface   (ĭn'tər-fās')  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The point of interaction or communication between a computer and any other entity, such as a printer or human operator.

  2. The layout of an application's graphic or textual controls in conjunction with the way the application responds to user activity. See more at GUI.


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One challenge people have faced with this motor is interfacing with the helical output gear.
He enjoyed his work and interfacing with his clients.
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