from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.
- transitive v. To insert (material) into a text.
- transitive v. To insert into a conversation. See Synonyms at introduce.
- transitive v. To change or falsify (a text) by introducing new or incorrect material.
- transitive v. Mathematics To estimate a value of (a function or series) between two known values.
- intransitive v. To make insertions or additions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To estimate the value of a function between two points between which it is tabulated.
- v. During the course of processing some data, and in response to a directive in that data, to fetch data from a different source and process it in-line along with the original data.
- v. To introduce (material) to change the meaning of or falsify a text.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To renew; to carry on with intermission.
- transitive v. To alter or corrupt by the insertion of new or foreign matter; especially, to change, as a book or text, by the insertion of matter that is new, or foreign to the purpose of the author.
- transitive v. To fill up intermediate terms of, as of a series, according to the law of the series; to introduce, as a number or quantity, in a partial series, according to the law of that part of the series; to estimate a value at a point intermediate between points of knwon value. Compare
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To insert in a writing; introduce, as a word or phrase not in the original text; especially, to foist in: introduce surreptitiously, as what is spurious or unauthorized.
- To alter, as a book or manuscript, by insertion of new matter; introduce new words or phrases into; especially, to corrupt or vitiate by spurious insertions or additions.
- In mathematics and physics, to introduce, in a series of numbers or observations (one or more intermediate terms), in accordance with the law of the series; make the necessary interpolations in: as, to interpolate a number or a table of numbers.
- To carry on with intermissions; interrupt or discontinue for a time.
- To interpose; place in an intermediate position.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. estimate the value of
- v. insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby
Latin interpolāre, interpolāt-, to touch up, refurbish, from interpolis, refurbished; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)