- The definition of interference is the act of or something that obstructs or hinders.
An example of an interference is a detour on the road.
interference definition by Webster's New World
- an act or instance of interfering
- something that interferes
- Football the legal blocking of opposing players in order to clear the way for the ball carrier; also, the player or players who do such blocking
- Sports the illegal hindering of an opposing player, specif., in football, of an opponent who is trying to catch a pass
- Physics the mutual action of two waves of the same frequency, as of sound, light, etc., in reinforcing or neutralizing each other according to their relative phases on meeting
- Radio, TV, etc.
- static, unwanted signals, etc., producing a distortion as of sounds or images and preventing good reception
- such distorted reception
- interferential adjective
interference definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The act or an instance of hindering, obstructing, or impeding.b. Something that hinders, obstructs, or impedes.
- a. Sports Illegal obstruction or hindrance of an opposing player, such as hindrance of a receiver by a defender in football, hindrance of a fielder by a base runner in baseball, or checking a player not in possession of the puck in ice hockey.b. Football The legal blocking of defensive tacklers to protect and make way for the ball carrier.
- Physics The variation of wave amplitude that occurs when waves of the same or different frequency come together.
- Electronics a. The inhibition or prevention of clear reception of broadcast signals.b. The distorted portion of a received signal.
- The negative or distorting effect that new learning can have on previous learning or that previous learning can have on new learning.
- inˌter·fer·enˈtial adjective
interference - Computer Definition
- In general, spurious or extraneous energy that appears in the circuitry of a system or component and impedes the reception of desired signals.
- In radio communications, the negative impact of undesired energy by emission, radiation, or induction on the reception of desired signals.
interference - Cultural Definition
The disturbance that results when two waves come together at a single point in space; the disturbance is the sum of the contribution of each wave. For example, if two crests of identical waves arrive together, the net disturbance will be twice as large as each incoming wave; if the crest of one wave arrives with the trough of another, there will be no disturbance at all.
- One common example of interference is the appearance of dark bands when a light is viewed through a window screen.
interference - Medical Definition
- The variation of wave amplitude that occurs when waves of the same or nearly the same frequency come together.
- The condition in which infection of a cell by one virus prevents superinfection by another virus.
- The condition in which superinfection by a second virus prevents effects that would result from infection by either virus alone, even though both viruses persist.
interference - Phrases/Idioms
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interference - Science Definition
- The superposition of two or more waves propagating through a given region. Depending on how the peaks and troughs of the interacting waves coincide with each other, the resulting wave amplitude can be higher or smaller than the amplitudes of the individual waves. ♦ When two waves interact so that they rise and fall together more than half the time, the amplitude of the resulting wave is greater than that of the larger wave. This is called constructive interference. ♦ When two waves interact such that they rise and fall together less than half the time, the resulting amplitude is smaller than the amplitude of the stronger wave. This interference is called destructive interference. It is possible for two waves of the same magnitude to completely cancel out in destructive interference where their sum is always zero, that is, where their peaks and troughs are perfectly opposed. See more at wave.
- In electronics, the distortion or interruption of one broadcast signal by others.