Definitions for: Interpolation

[n] the action of interjecting or interposing an action or remark that interrupts
[n] (mathematics) calculation of the value of a function between the values already known
[n] a message (spoken or written) that is introduced or inserted; "with the help of his friend's interpolations his story was eventually told"; "with many insertions in the margins"

Webster (1913) Definition: In*ter`po*la"tion, n. [L. interpolatio an
alteration made here and there: cf. F. interpolation.]
1. The act of introducing or inserting anything, especially
that which is spurious or foreign.

2. That which is introduced or inserted, especially something
foreign or spurious.

Bentley wrote a letter . . . . upon the scriptural
glosses in our present copies of Hesychius, which he
considered interpolations from a later hand. --De

3. (Math.) The method or operation of finding from a few
given terms of a series, as of numbers or observations,
other intermediate terms in conformity with the law of the

f(x) ~ f(x1) + (f(x2) - f(x1))(x-x1)/(x2 - x1)

Synonyms: insertion, interjection, interpellation, interposition

See Also: break, calculation, computation, content, disruption, figuring, gap, interruption, message, reckoning, subject matter, substance

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