What does interface mean?

Definitions for interface
ˈɪn tərˌfeɪs; ˌɪn tərˈfeɪsin·ter·face

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. interfacenoun

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

  2. interface, user interfacenoun

    (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. interfacenoun

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

    "the interface between chemistry and biology"

  4. interface, portnoun

    (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. interfacenoun

    (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. interfacenoun

    The point of interconnection between two entities.

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

  2. interfacenoun

    The point of interconnection between two systems or subsystems.

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

  3. interfacenoun

    The connection between a user and a machine.

    The options are selected via the user interface.

  4. interfacenoun

    The connection between parts of object-oriented software.

    This interface is implemented by several Java classes.

  5. interfacenoun

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

  6. interfacenoun

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

  7. interfaceverb

    to construct an interface for, to connect through an interface

  8. interfaceverb

    to be an interface, to be into an interface


  1. interface

    An interface, in the context of computer science, usually refers to a shared boundary across which two or more separate components of a computer system exchange information. It can refer to either a hardware interface, software interface or a user interface. The exchange can take place between software, computer hardware, peripheral devices, humans, networks, and other computer systems.


  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.

Editors Contribution

  1. interface

    A type of device or product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles for various purposes.

    Computers, networks and servers use a variety of interface.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 3, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of interface in a Sentence

  1. Beth Israel Halamka:

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

  2. Woody Fischer:

    There are still many kilometers of Mars history to explore, the strata will reveal Gale’s early history, its tory. We know there are rocks that were deposited underwater, in the lake. What is the chemistry of these rocks ? That lake represented an interface between the water and the atmosphere, and should tell us important things about the environment of the time.

  3. Douglas Noel Adams:

    A computer terminal is not some clunky old television with a typewriter in front of it. It is an interface where the mind and body can connect with the universe and move bits of it about. (from Mostly Harmless)

  4. Ben Goertzel:

    AI mostly exists behind the scenes, in the form of algorithms doing various sorts of pattern recognition and cognition that are hard for people to understand, the purpose of these robots was to be an interface with the AI world and the human world.

  5. Thomas Witte:

    Wherever you have that interface between human population and animal population, you've got to do something to control the situation; that is for animal welfare as much as it is for human convenience.

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