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[in-ter-op-er-uh-buh l, -op-ruh-buh l] /ˌɪn tərˈɒp ər ə bəl, -ˈɒp rə bəl/
capable of being used or operated reciprocally:
interoperable weapons systems.
Origin of interoperable
1965-70; inter- + operable
Related forms
interoperability, noun
interoperably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for interoperability
  • The commission has yet to determine whether the information the firm has supplied will really ensure interoperability.
  • The lack of full interoperability between mobile systems means that borders are still difficult to cross.
  • It is the equivalent of faster faxing, and not what people mean by interoperability.
  • Effects may be aggravated by the need to achieve interoperability between different proprietary parts of the system.
  • Hopefully the surfacing of this dysfunctional system will help push for a much higher level of interoperability and data control.
  • These things, critics argue, are not truly intellectual property but merely translations to allow interoperability.
  • But as the technology has evolved, developers have recognized other advantages, aside from interoperability.
British Dictionary definitions for interoperability


of or relating to the ability to share data between different computer systems, esp on different machines: interoperable network management systems
Derived Forms
interoperability, noun
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Contemporary definitions for interoperability

pertaining to systems that work together or communicate

Word Origin

inter- 'between' + operable's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for interoperability



1969, from inter- + operable. Related: Interoperability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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interoperability in Technology

The ability of software and hardware on multiple machines from multiple vendors to communicate.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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