[in-ter-feer] /ˌɪn tərˈfɪər/
verb (used without object), interfered, interfering.
to come into opposition, as one thing with another, especially with the effect of hampering action or procedure (often followed by with):
Constant distractions interfere with work.
to take part in the affairs of others; meddle (often followed by with or in):
to interfere in another’s life.
(of things) to strike against each other, or one against another, so as to hamper or hinder action; come into physical collision.
to interpose or intervene for a particular purpose.
to strike one foot or leg against another in moving, as a horse.
Physics. to cause interference.
to clash; come in collision; be in opposition:
The claims of two nations may interfere.
Law. to claim earlier invention when several patent requests for the same invention are being filed.
interfere with, Chiefly British. to molest sexually.
(often foll by in) to interpose, esp meddlesomely or unwarrantedly; intervene
(often foll by with) to come between or in opposition; hinder; obstruct
(foll by with) (euphemistic) to assault sexually
to strike one against the other, as a horse’s legs
(physics) to cause or produce interference
mid-15c., “to strike against,” from Middle French enterferer “to strike each other,” from entre- “between” (see entre-) + ferir “to strike,” from Latin ferire “to knock, strike,” related to Latin forare “to bore, pierce” (see bore (v.), and cf. punch (v.), which has both the senses “to hit” and “to make a hole in”). Figurative sense of “to meddle with, oppose unrightfully” is from 1630s. Related: Interfered; interfering.
[in-ter-feer-uh ns] /ˌɪn tərˈfɪər əns/ noun 1. an act, fact, or instance of interfering. 2. something that interferes. 3. Physics. the process in which two or more light, sound, or electromagnetic waves of the same frequency combine to reinforce or cancel each other, the amplitude of the resulting wave being equal to the sum of […]
noun, Aeronautics. 1. the drag on an aircraft caused by the interaction of two aerodynamic bodies.
- Interference fit
noun 1. (engineering) a match between the size and shape of two parts, such that force is required for assembly as one part is slightly larger than the other
noun 1. a microscope that utilizes light interference phenomena to create two superimposed images of an object, making possible the observation of transparent objects without using the staining technique.