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Definitions for interpreter
ɪnˈtɜr prɪ tərin·ter·preter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. interpreter, translatornoun

    someone who mediates between speakers of different languages

  2. interpreternoun

    someone who uses art to represent something

    "his paintings reveal a sensitive interpreter of nature"; "she was famous as an interpreter of Shakespearean roles"

  3. spokesperson, interpreter, representative, voicenoun

    an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose

    "the meeting was attended by spokespersons for all the major organs of government"

  4. interpreter, interpretive programnoun

    (computer science) a program that translates and executes source language statements one line at a time


  1. interpreternoun

    One who listens to a speaker in one language and relates that utterance to the audience in a different language. Contrasted with translator.

    Wei Li had to interpret the whole speech, and they didn't even give her any study materials beforehand.

  2. interpreternoun

    One who explains something, such as an art exhibit.

  3. interpreternoun

    A program which executes another program written in a programming language other than machine code.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Interpreternoun

    Etymology: interprete, Fr. interpres, Latin.

    What we oft do best,
    By sick interpreters, or weak ones, is
    Not ours, or not allow'd: what worst, as oft,
    Hitting a grosser quality, is cry'd up
    For our best act. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    In the beginning the earth was without form and void; a fluid, dark, confused mass, and so it is understood by interpreters, both Hebrew and Christian. Burnet.

    We think most mens actions to be the interpreters of their thoughts. John Locke.

    Nor word for word be careful to transfer,
    With the same faith as an interpreter. Richard Fanshawe.

    How shall any man, who hath a genius for history, undertake such a work with spirit, when he considers that in an age or two he shall hardly be understood without an interpreter. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Interpreternoun

    one who or that which interprets, explains, or expounds; a translator; especially, a person who translates orally between two parties

  2. Etymology: [Cf. OF. entrepreteur, L. interpretator.]


  1. Interpreter

    In computer science, an interpreter is a computer program that executes, i.e. performs, instructions written in a programming language. An interpreter generally uses one of the following strategies for program execution: ⁕execute the source code directly ⁕translate source code into some efficient intermediate representation and immediately execute this ⁕explicitly execute stored precompiled code made by a compiler which is part of the interpreter system Early versions of the Lisp programming language and Dartmouth BASIC would be examples of the first type. Perl, Python, MATLAB, and Ruby are examples of the second, while UCSD Pascal is an example of the third type. Source programs are compiled ahead of time and stored as machine independent code, which is then linked at run-time and executed by an interpreter and/or compiler. Some systems, such as Smalltalk, contemporary versions of BASIC, Java and others may also combine two and three. While interpretation and compilation are the two main means by which programming languages are implemented, they are not mutually exclusive, as most interpreting systems also perform some translation work, just like compilers. The terms "interpreted language" or "compiled language" signify that the canonical implementation of that language is an interpreter or a compiler, respectively. A high level language is ideally an abstraction independent of particular implementations.

Editors Contribution

  1. interpreter

    A person with the specific and accurate ability, experience, skills, training, knowledge, qualification to interpret data, information, facts, language and information in their specialized language or profession.

    There are a variety of interpreters around the world.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of interpreter in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of interpreter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of interpreter in a Sentence

  1. Hans Wright:

    I told her, ‘Hey, see if he’ll talk to me on the phone.’ I didn’t think he would do it, but he did, and by the grace of God, he let my wife and my interpreter through.

  2. Jason Crow:

    Since people heard of this news that the US is withdrawing from Afghanistan, I'm receiving hundreds of messages, like Facebook messages, from my friends, from other people who served as an interpreter or translator or contractors in Iraq or Afghanistan, the people are asking for help.

  3. Blue Jays President Mark Shapiro:

    The Blue Jays open the season on the road at Tampa Bay. Their first scheduled home series, against the Washington Nationals on July 29 and 30, will now also be on the road to accommodate infrastructure modifications at Sahlen Field to help it meet Major League Baseball standards and COVID-19 safety requirements. The Blue Jays first game in Buffalo will be either on July 31 against the Philadelphia Phillies or on Aug. 11 against the Miami Marlins. The team had also considered playing home games at its training facility in Dunedin, Florida, but that is among the states that are virus hot spots. Health officials in Canada and Pennsylvania were worried about the frequent travel by players throughout the U.S., one of the countries hit hardest by the pandemic. General manager Ross Atkins had said his team had more than five contingency plans for a home stadium. Im excited we finally have to a place to play. Were done with that, Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. Slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. expects the Buffalo park to favor pitchers because it is a larger field than the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Its going to be different because of the way it is in Toronto compared to Buffalo, Guerrero said through an interpreter. There are no fans anyway. Were just going to go play baseball. Blue Jays players had made it clear to the front office they wanted to play in a major league park. Outfielder Randal Grichuk had described Buffalo as a worst case. This process has no doubt tested our teams resilience, but our players and staff refuse to make excuses.

  4. Karl Barth:

    Conscience is the perfect interpreter of life.

  5. Brad Wenstrup:

    I hope and pray that that interpreter, we find a way to get them out, my experience is if we get them here, they do everything right to become good U.S. citizens.

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