Definitions for Interferenceˌɪn tərˈfɪər əns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•ter•fer•enceˌɪn tərˈfɪər əns(n.)

  1. an act, fact, or instance of interfering.

  2. something that interferes.

  3. the process in which waves, as of light or sound, of the same frequency combine to reinforce or cancel each other, the amplitude of the resulting wave being equal to the sum of the amplitudes of the combining waves.

    Category: Physics

  4. a jumbling of radio signals, caused by the reception of undesired ones. the signals or device producing the incoherence.

    Category: Radio and Television

  5. Football. the act of a teammate or of teammates legally running ahead of a ballcarrier and blocking prospective tacklers: such a teammate or such teammates collectively. the act of illegally hindering an opponent from catching a forward pass or a kick.

    to run interference for the halfback.

    Category: Sport

  6. the distorting or inhibiting effect of previously learned behavior on subsequent learning.

    Category: Language/Linguistics, Psychology

Origin of interference:


in`ter•fe•ren′tial-fəˈrɛn ʃəl(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. intervention, interference(noun)

    a policy of intervening in the affairs of other countries

  2. hindrance, hinderance, interference(noun)

    the act of hindering or obstructing or impeding

  3. noise, interference, disturbance(noun)

    electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication

  4. interference(noun)

    (American football) blocking a player's path with your body

    "he ran interference for the quarterback"

  5. hindrance, hinderance, hitch, preventive, preventative, encumbrance, incumbrance, interference(noun)

    any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. interference(noun)ˌɪn tərˈfɪər əns

    sb's unwanted involvement in sb else's private affairs

    his family's constant interference in his life

  2. interferenceˌɪn tərˈfɪər əns

    the act of stopping sth from happening normally

    political interference in scientific research

  3. interferenceˌɪn tərˈfɪər əns

    ***noise or electrical signals that stop a TV, radio, etc. from working properly

    audio interference


  1. interference(Noun)

    The act of interfering with something, or something that interferes.

  2. interference(Noun)

    The illegal obstruction of an opponent in some ball games.

    They were glued to the TV, as the referee called out a fifteen yard penalty for interference.

  3. interference(Noun)

    An effect caused by the superposition of two systems of waves, such as a distortion on a broadcast signal due to atmospheric or other effects.

    They wanted to watch the game on TV, but there was too much interference to even make out the score on the tiny screen.

  4. interference(Noun)

    In United States patent law, an inter partes proceeding to determine the priority issues of multiple patent applications; a priority contest.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Interference(noun)

    the act or state of interfering; as, the stoppage of a machine by the interference of some of its parts; a meddlesome interference in the business of others

  2. Interference(noun)

    the mutual influence, under certain conditions, of two streams of light, or series of pulsations of sound, or, generally, two waves or vibrations of any kind, producing certain characteristic phenomena, as colored fringes, dark bands, or darkness, in the case of light, silence or increased intensity in sounds; neutralization or superposition of waves generally

  3. Interference(noun)

    the act or state of interfering, or of claiming a right to the same invention


  1. Interference

    In physics, interference is a phenomenon in which two waves superimpose to form a resultant wave of greater or lower amplitude. Interference usually refers to the interaction of waves that are correlated or coherent with each other, either because they come from the same source or because they have the same or nearly the same frequency. Interference effects can be observed with all types of waves, for example, light, radio, acoustic, and surface water waves.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Interference' in Nouns Frequency: #2379

Translations for Interference

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the act of interfering

She was infuriated by his mother's interference in their holiday arrangements.

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