Interface definition

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To serve as an interface for.
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A surface forming a common boundary between adjacent regions, bodies, substances, or phases.
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A point at which independent systems or diverse groups interact.
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To join by means of an interface.
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A plane forming the common boundary between two parts of matter or space.
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The point of interaction or communication between a computer and any other entity, such as a printer or human operator.
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The definition of interface is a surface that forms a common boundary between two things or a point of interaction between two components or systems.

An example of interface is someone using the controls on a washing machine to tell the machine how to function.

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A device, such as a cable, network card, monitor, or keyboard, that enables interaction or communication between a computer and another entity.
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The layout or design of the interactive elements of a computer program, an online service, or an electronic device.
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To serve as an interface or become interfaced.
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A point or means of interaction between two systems, disciplines, groups, etc.
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(comput.) A point or means of interaction between two or more systems, components of a computer system, or the system and a user.
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To sew material (interfacing) between the outer fabric and the facing of (a collar, lapel, etc.) so as to give body or to prevent stretching.
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To interact with (another system, discipline, group, etc.)
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The layout of an application's graphic or textual controls in conjunction with the way the application responds to user activity.
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The common physical point, boundary, surface, or plane where two things touch, meet, or come together. The interface between the core and cladding in a glass optical fiber (GOF) is an example of such a physical interface. See also cladding, core, and GOF.
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The device or component that serves to physically and logically interconnect two other devices or systems and that enables their interoperation. Such an interface may comprise a combination of hardware and firmware. A trunk interface that connects a trunk and a switch or router is an example of such an interface. See also hardware and firmware.
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Software that logically interconnects two computers or a computer and another device and allows them to interoperate. Such software generally is characterized as performing a gateway function. A gateway that accomplishes protocol conversion between X.25 and frame relay is an example. See also gateway, protocol, and software.
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Software that enables a user to work with a computer program perhaps in an intuitive way. Examples include a command-line interface and a graphical user interface (GUI). See also program and software.
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Software that enables a computer to work with another program, or with the computer hardware. Such software enables the computer to function as a whole. See also API, hardware, program, and software.
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The point of interconnection between entities.

Public relations firms often serve as the interface between a company and the press.

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(chemistry, physics) A thin layer or boundary between different substances or two phases of a single substance.

If water and oil are mixed together, they tend to separate, and at equilibrium they are in different strata with an oil-water interface in between.

The surface of a lake is a water-air interface.

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(computing) The point of interconnection between systems or subsystems.

The data is sent over the air interface to the remote system.

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(computing) The connection between a user and a machine.

The options are selected via the user interface.

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(computing, object-oriented) The connection between parts of software.

This interface is implemented by several Java classes.

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(computing, object-oriented) In object-oriented programming, a piece of code defining a set of operations that other code must implement.

The Audio and Video classes both implement the IPlayable interface.

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To construct an interface for, to connect through an interface.
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(intransitive) To be an interface, to be into an interface.
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A system of interaction or communication between a computer and another entity such as a printer, another computer, a network, or a human user.
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(usage problem) To interact or coordinate smoothly.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
interface
Plural:
interfaces