What does interface mean?

Definitions for interfaceˈɪn tərˌfeɪs; ˌɪn tərˈfeɪs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. interface(noun)

    (chemistry) a surface forming a common boundary between two things (two objects or liquids or chemical phases)

  2. interface, user interface(noun)

    (computer science) a program that controls a display for the user (usually on a computer monitor) and that allows the user to interact with the system

  3. interface(noun)

    the overlap where two theories or phenomena affect each other or have links with each other

    "the interface between chemistry and biology"

  4. interface, port(noun)

    (computer science) computer circuit consisting of the hardware and associated circuitry that links one device with another (especially a computer and a hard disk drive or other peripherals)


  1. interface(n.)

    (Computers) That part of a computer program which controls the way a program interacts with a user; the manner of inputting and outputting of data, and the way information is presented on a computer monitor; also called user interface; as, a graphical user interface; a character-based interface.


  1. interface(Noun)

    The point of interconnection between two entities.

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

  2. interface(Noun)

    The point of interconnection between two systems or subsystems.

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

  3. interface(Noun)

    The connection between a user and a machine.

    The options are selected via the user interface.

  4. interface(Noun)

    The connection between parts of object-oriented software.

    This interface is implemented by several Java classes.

  5. interface(Noun)

    A thin layer or boundary between two different substances or two phases of a single substance.

  6. interface(Noun)

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

  7. interface(Verb)

    to construct an interface for, to connect through an interface

  8. interface(Verb)

    to be an interface, to be into an interface


  1. Interface

    In computer science, an interface is the point of interaction with software, or computer hardware, or with peripheral devices such as a computer monitor or a keyboard. Some computer interfaces such as a touchscreen can send and receive data, while others such as a mouse or microphone, can only send data.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'interface' in Nouns Frequency: #1686


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of interface in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of interface in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Beth Israel Halamka:

    Can I interface to every possible device that every patient uses? No. But Apple can.

  2. Ted Nelson:

    A user interface should be so simple that a beginner in an emergency can understand it within ten seconds.

  3. Apple CEO Tim Cook:

    We weren't the first company to make an MP3, they were fundamentally too hard to use, and the user interface was really bad.

  4. Carlo Jaeger:

    You need a judgment call for these things, and this 2-degree thing was a judgment call that happened at the interface of science and policy.

  5. Tim Cook:

    You can interface Apple Watch with Siri, just using your voice, you can connect to social media, you can keep track of the daily news as it happens.

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