- The definition of interpolate is to interject or insert something between fixed points, or to insert something into text or into conversation.
- When you interject your opinion into a conversation that two other people are having, this is a time when you interpolate.
- When you insert words or letters into text, this is an example of a time when you interpolate.
interpolate definition by Webster's New World
- to alter, enlarge, or corrupt (a book or manuscript, etc.) by putting in new words, subject matter, etc.
- to insert between or among others; specif., to insert (a word or words) in a text
- Math. to estimate (a missing functional value) by taking a weighted average of known functional values at neighboring points, as in estimating a specific, missing intermediate value on a table, esp. a logarithmic or trigonometric table
Origin: ; from Classical Latin interpolatus, past participle of interpolare, to polish, dress up, corrupt ; from interpolis, altered by furbishing, repaired ; from inter-, between plush polire, to polish
interpolate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb in·ter·po·lat·ed, in·ter·po·lat·ing, in·ter·po·lates verb, transitive
- To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.
- a. To insert (material) into a text.b. To insert into a conversation. See Synonyms at introduce.
- To change or falsify (a text) by introducing new or incorrect material.
- Mathematics To estimate a value of (a function or series) between two known values.
Origin: Latin interpolāre, interpolāt-, to touch up, refurbish, from interpolis, refurbished; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots.
- in·terˌpo·laˈtion noun
- in·terˈpo·laˌtive adjective
- in·terˈpo·laˌtor noun