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interpolation

[in-tur-puh-ley-shuh n] /ɪnˌtɜr pəˈleɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of interpolating or the state of being interpolated.
2.
something interpolated, as a passage introduced into a text.
3.
Mathematics.
  1. the process of determining the value of a function between two points at which it has prescribed values.
  2. a similar process using more than two points at which the function has prescribed values.
  3. the process of approximating a given function by using its values at a discrete set of points.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin interpolātiōn- (stem of interpolātiō). See interpolate, -ion
Related forms
noninterpolation, noun
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Examples from the web for interpolation
  • But the translator said he wanted to aim at minimal interpolation.
  • The language is plain, with the occasional interpolation of a colorful archaic phrase.
  • Inevitably some blocks don't have any measurement and there has to be some interpolation.
  • Along with ruminative psychological resonances, the singer amplified the melodies with sophisticated be- bop interpolation.
  • The interpolation of scenes illustrating episodes not directly concerned with the plot is a favorite practice of directors.
  • Another interpolation method can also be used, whatever remains full screen resolutions, but this time displayed is compromised.
  • The former is about interpolation of surface normal to approximate curved surfaces.
  • Bathymetric maps are generated by the interpolation process shown below.
  • The interpolation type used to determine intermediate line and sample shifts for each line.
  • Both table types have one argument and one function value, and linear interpolation is applied to determine values not tabulated.
British Dictionary definitions for interpolation

interpolation

/ɪnˌtɜːpəˈleɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of interpolating or the state of being interpolated
2.
something interpolated
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Word Origin and History for interpolation
n.

1610s, from French interpolation (early 17c.), or directly from Latin interpolationem (nominative interpolatio), noun of action from past participle stem of interpolare (see interpolate).

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interpolation in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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