from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A surface forming a common boundary between adjacent regions, bodies, substances, or phases.
  • n. A point at which independent systems or diverse groups interact: "the interface between crime and politics where much of our reality is to be found” ( Jack Kroll).
  • n. Computer Science The point of interaction or communication between a computer and any other entity, such as a printer or human operator.
  • n. Computer Science The layout of an application's graphic or textual controls in conjunction with the way the application responds to user activity: an interface whose icons were hard to remember.
  • transitive v. To join by means of an interface.
  • transitive v. To serve as an interface for.
  • intransitive v. To serve as an interface or become interfaced.
  • intransitive v. To interact or coordinate smoothly: "Theatergoers were lured out of their seats and interfaced with the scenery” ( New York Times).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The point of interconnection between two entities.
  • n. A thin layer or boundary between two different substances or two phases of a single substance.
  • n. The point of interconnection between two systems or subsystems.
  • n. The connection between a user and a machine.
  • n. The connection between parts of software.
  • n. In object-oriented programming, a piece of code defining a set of operations that other code must implement.
  • v. to construct an interface for, to connect through an interface
  • v. to be an interface, to be into an interface

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a surface forming a common boundary between two things, especially between two fluids.
  • n. hardware that links one device with another (especially a computer).
  • n. That part of a computer program which controls the way a program interacts with a user; the manner of inputting and outputting of data, and the way information is presented on a computer monitor; also called user interface.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plane surface regarded as the common boundary of two bodies.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (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)
  • n. (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
  • n. (chemistry) a surface forming a common boundary between two things (two objects or liquids or chemical phases)
  • n. the overlap where two theories or phenomena affect each other or have links with each other


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  • Connection, location and device agnostic – the interface is the same irrespective of which computer and where I login to a cloud service

    The way to communicate via clouds. « Baby is 60 – Tim Panton on voice and computers

  • And even though the interface is awful compared to Apples, the software is much more flexible.

    Why Does Everyone Heart Boxee?

  • To use the analogy "to most users, the interface is the computer" he pointed out that with any paper we read the figure is the thing one remembers most and so the philosophy "to most viewers the presentation is the data".

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • After you create an interface in the IP section, the interface is available for other sections.

    Identifying Ethernet or WAN Primary Interfaces

  • The show ospf config command displays configured settings for each interface, including the IP address of the interface, the area the interface is assigned to, and whether the interface is an active or passive OSPF interface.

    show ospf

  • In this case, the interface is attached to a small network with a gateway router and a few server hosts that run FTP, mail, DNS, and web servers.

    IP Filter Section Examples

  • Note: If this interface is the Main CVC management interface for which you set an initial

    Setting the IP address

  • At his company's half-yearly financial results briefing today, Wesfarmers chief executive Richard Goyder said the auto-replenishment system, which he described as the interface between Coles 'systems and its supply chain, had been rolled out to 44 stores and was on track to reach a total of 200 stores by the end of the company's financial year in mid-2010.

  • This kind of interface is what Daniel Burka refers to as the “OpenID NASCAR” because all the logos look like a NASCAR racecar covered with brand stickers, all jockeying for your attention.

    Does OpenID need to be hard? | FactoryCity

  • Of course, it's only a matter of time before we can jack directly into the internet via a brain interface, making the whole ebook thing irrelevant.

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  • As a noun, I don't have a problem with it. UI issues are fascinating to me as a web developer; and it's always interesting to see what companies like Apple are doing with clickwheels and multitouch.

    But as a verb? I shudder.

    January 11, 2007

  • Yeah, it's sexual in a lame kind of way... or maybe I've just heard it in weird nerd pick-up lines a few too many times.

    January 11, 2007

  • A horrible word as a noun and even worse as a verb.

    January 11, 2007