follow Dictionary.com

Word of the Day
Thursday, December 29, 2011

Definitions for interpolation

  1. The act or process of introducing something additional or extraneous between other parts.
  2. Something interpolated, as a passage introduced into a text.
  3. Mathematics. A. The process of determining the value of a function between two points at which it has prescribed values. B. A similar process using more than two points at which the function has prescribed values. C. The process of approximating a given function by using its values at a discrete set of points.

Learn something
new every day


GET OUR


Thank youfor signing up
Get the Word of the Day Email
Citations for interpolation
When men interpolate, it is because they believe their interpolation seriously needed. Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason
"I am inclined to think," he added after a moment, once he had their attention again, "that if some pages were interpolated it was either done around the time of the original edition, or now, in our time. Arturo Pérez-Reverte, The Dumas Club
Origin of interpolation
1605-1615
Interpolation is derived from the Latin word interpolātus, meaning “to refurbish or touch up.”