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Dictionary Definition



1 (chemistry) a surface forming a common boundary between two things (two objects or liquids or chemical phases)
2 (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 [syn: user interface]
3 the overlap where two theories or phenomena affect each other or have links with each other; "the interface between chemistry and biology"
4 (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) [syn: port]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The point of interconnection between two entities
    Public relations firms often serve as the interface between a company and the press.
  2. The point of interconnection between two systems or subsystems
    The data is sent over the air interface to the remote system.
  3. The connection between a user and a machine
    The options are selected via the user interface.
  4. (chemistry and physics) A thin layer or boundary between two different substances or two phases of a single substance.
    For example, if water and oil are mixed together, they tend to separate, and at equilibrium they are in two different strata with an oil-water interface in between.
    The surface of a lake is a water-air interface.



  1. to construct an interface for, to connect through an interface
  2. to be an interface, to be into an interface



Extensive Definition

Interface may refer to:
in computer science:
in other fields:
interface in Danish: Grænseflade
interface in German: Schnittstelle
interface in Spanish: Interfaz
interface in Esperanto: Interfaco
interface in French: Interface
interface in Korean: 인터페이스
interface in Ido: Interfacio
interface in Indonesian: Antarmuka
interface in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Interfacie
interface in Italian: Interfaccia
interface in Dutch: Interface
interface in Japanese: インターフェース
interface in Norwegian: Brukergrensesnitt
interface in Polish: Interfejs
interface in Portuguese: Interface
interface in Russian: Интерфейс (значения)
interface in Swedish: Gränssnitt
interface in Turkish: Arayüz
interface in Urdu: سطح البین
interface in Chinese: 接口

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