interface

interface
n. /in"teuhr fays'/; v. /in"teuhr fays', in'teuhr fays"/, n., v., interfaced, interfacing.
n.
1. a surface regarded as the common boundary of two bodies, spaces, or phases.
2. the facts, problems, considerations, theories, practices, etc., shared by two or more disciplines, procedures, or fields of study: the interface between chemistry and physics.
3. a common boundary or interconnection between systems, equipment, concepts, or human beings.
4. communication or interaction: Interface between the parent company and its subsidiaries has never been better.
5. a thing or circumstance that enables separate and sometimes incompatible elements to coordinate effectively: The organization serves as an interface between the state government and the public.
6. Computers.
a. equipment or programs designed to communicate information from one system of computing devices or programs to another.
b. any arrangement for such communication.
v.t.
7. to bring into an interface.
8. to bring together; connect or mesh: The management is interfacing several departments with an information service from overseas.
v.i.
9. to be in an interface.
10. to function as an interface.
11. to meet or communicate directly; interact, coordinate, synchronize, or harmonize (often fol. by with): The two communications systems are able to interface with each other.
[1880-85; INTER- + FACE]

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(as used in expressions)
Common Gateway Interface.
Musical Instrument Digital Interface
Small Computer System Interface

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      surface separating two phases of matter, each of which may be solid, liquid, or gaseous. An interface is not a geometric surface but a thin layer that has properties differing from those of the bulk material on either side of the interface. A common interface is that between a body of water and the air, which exhibits such properties as surface tension, by which the interface acts somewhat like a stretched elastic membrane. Interfacial effects, or processes that occur at interfaces, include the evaporation of liquids, the action of detergents and chemical catalysts, and the adsorption of gases on metals.

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