Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Inter- [ Latin inter , preposition , among, between, a compar. form of in in; akin to intra , intro , within, Sanskrit antar between, in, and English in . See In , and confer Entrails , Interior , Enter- , Exterior .] A prefix signifying among , between , amid ; as, inter act, inter articular, inter mit.

Interact noun [ Prefix inter- + act . Confer Entr'acte .] A short act or piece between others, as in a play; an interlude; hence, intermediate employment or time. Chesterfield.

Interact intransitive verb To act upon each other; as, two agents mutually interact . Emerson. Tyndall.

Interaction noun
1. Intermediate action.

2. Mutual or reciprocal action or influence; as, the interaction of the heart and lungs on each other.

Interadditive adjective Added or placed between the parts of another thing, as a clause inserted parenthetically in a sentence.

Interagency noun Intermediate agency.

Interagent noun An intermediate agent.

Interall noun Entrail or inside. [ Obsolete] G. Fletcher.

Interalveolar adjective (Anat.) Between alveoli; as, the interalveolar septa between adjacent air cells in the lungs.

Interambulacral adjective (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the interambulacra.

Interambulacrum noun ; plural Latin Interambulacra English Interambulacrums (Zoology) In echinoderms, one of the areas or zones intervening between two ambulacra. See Illust. of Ambulacrum .

Interamnian adjective [ Prefix inter- + Latin amnis river: confer Latin interamnus .] Situated between rivers. [ R.] "An interamnian country." J. Bryant.

Interanimate transitive verb To animate or inspire mutually. [ Obsolete] Donne.

Interarboration noun The interweaving of branches of trees. [ R.] Sir T. Browne.

Interarticular adjective (Anat.) Situated between joints or articulations; as, interarticular cartilages and ligaments.

Interatomic adjective (Chem. & Physics) Between atoms; situated, or acting, between the atoms of bodies; as, interatomic forces.

Interaulic adjective Existing between royal courts. [ R.] " Interaulic politics." Motley.

Interauricular adjective (Anat.) Between the auricles; as, the interauricular partition of the heart.

Interaxal adjective (Architecture) Situated in an interaxis. Gwilt.

Interaxillary adjective (Botany) Situated within or between the axils of leaves.

Interaxis noun ; plural Interaxes (Architecture) The space between two axes. See Axis , 6.

The doors, windows, niches, and the like, are then placed centrally in the interaxes .
Gwilt.

Interbastation noun [ Prefix inter- + baste to sew.] Patchwork. [ Obsolete] Dr. J. Smith.

Interbrachial adjective (Zoology) Between the arms.

Interbrain noun (Anat.) See Thalamencephalon .

Interbranchial adjective (Zoology) Between the branchiæ.

Interbreed transitive verb & i. To breed by crossing different stocks of animals or plants.

Intercalar adjective Intercalary.

Intercalary adjective [ Latin intercalaris , intercalarius : confer French intercalaire . See Intercalate .]


1. (Chron.) Inserted or introduced among others in the calendar; as, an intercalary month, day, etc.; -- now applied particularly to the odd day (Feb. 29) inserted in the calendar of leap year. See Bissextile , noun

2. Introduced or inserted among others; additional; supernumerary. " Intercalary spines." Owen.

This intercalary line . . . is made the last of a triplet.
Beattie.

Intercalary day (Medicine) , one on which no paroxysm of an intermittent disease occurs. Mayne.

Intercalate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Intercalated ; present participle & verbal noun Intercalating .] [ Latin intercalatus , past participle of intercalare to intercalate to intercalate; inter between + calare to call, proclaim. See Calendar .]


1. (Chron.) To insert, as a day or other portion of time, in a calendar.

2. To insert among others, as a verse in a stanza; specif. (Geol.) , to introduce as a bed or stratum, between the layers of a regular series of rocks.

Beds of fresh-water shells . . . are intercalated and interstratified with the shale.
Mantell.

Intercalation noun [ Latin intercalatio : confer French intercalation .]


1. (Chron.) The insertion of a day, or other portion of time, in a calendar.

2. The insertion or introduction of anything among others, as the insertion of a phrase, line, or verse in a metrical composition; specif. (Geol.) , the intrusion of a bed or layer between other layers.

Intercalations of fresh-water species in some localities.
Mantell.

Intercarotid adjective (Anat.) Situated between the external and internal carotid arteries; as, an intercarotid ganglion.

Intercarpal adjective (Anat.) Between the carpal bone; as, intercarpal articulations, ligaments.

Intercartilaginous adjective (Anat.) Within cartilage; endochondral; as, intercartilaginous ossification.

Intercavernous adjective (Anat.) Between the cavernous sinuses; as, the intercavernous sinuses connecting the cavernous sinuses at the base of the brain.

Intercede intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Interceded ; present participle & verbal noun Interceding .] [ Latin intercedere , intercessum ; inter between + cedere to pass: confer French intercéder . See Cede .]


1. To pass between; to intervene. [ Obsolete]

He supposed that a vast period interceded between that origination and the age wherein he lived.
Sir M. Hale.

2. To act between parties with a view to reconcile differences; to make intercession; to beg or plead in behalf of another; to mediate; -- usually followed by with and for ; as, I will intercede with him for you.

I to the lords will intercede , not doubting
Their favorable ear.
Milton.

Syn. -- To mediate; arbitrate. See Interpose .

Intercede transitive verb To be, to come, or to pass, between; to separate. [ Obsolete] Sir I. Newton.

Intercedence noun The act of interceding; intercession; intervention. [ R.] Bp. Reynolds.

Intercedent adjective [ Latin intercedens , present participle of intercedere .] Passing between; mediating; pleading. [ R.] -- In`ter*ced"ent*ly , adverb

Interceder noun One who intercedes; an intercessor; a mediator. Johnson.

Intercellular adjective Lying between cells or cellules; as, intercellular substance, space, or fluids; intercellular blood channels.

Intercentral adjective Between centers.

Intercentral nerves (Physiol.) , those nerves which transmit impulses between nerve centers, as opposed to peripheral fibers, which convey impulses between peripheral parts and nerve centers.

Intercentrum noun ; plural Intercentra (Anat.) The median of the three elements composing the centra of the vertebræ in some fossil batrachians.

Intercept transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Intercepted ; present participle & verbal noun Intercepting .] [ Latin interceptus , past participle of intercipere to intercept; inter between + capere to take, seize: confer French intercepter . See Capable .]


1. To take or seize by the way, or before arrival at the destined place; to cause to stop on the passage; as, to intercept a letter; a telegram will intercept him at Paris.

God will shortly intercept your breath.
Joye.

2. To obstruct or interrupt the progress of; to stop; to hinder or oppose; as, to intercept the current of a river.

Who intercepts me in my expedition?
Shak.

We must meet first, and intercept his course.
Dryden.

3. To interrupt communication with, or progress toward; to cut off, as the destination; to blockade.

While storms vindictive intercept the shore.
Pope.

4. (Math.) To include between; as, that part of the line which is intercepted between the points A and B.

Syn. -- To cut off; stop; catch; seize; obstruct.

Intercept noun (Math.) A part cut off or intercepted, as a portion of a line included between two points, or cut off two straight lines or curves.

Intercepter noun One who, or that which, intercepts. Shak.

Interception noun [ Latin interceptio a taking away: confer French interception .] The act of intercepting; as, interception of a letter; interception of the enemy.

Interceptive adjective Intercepting or tending to intercept.

Intercession noun [ Latin intercessio an intervention, a becoming surety: confer French intercession . See Intercede .] The act of interceding; mediation; interposition between parties at variance, with a view to reconcilation; prayer, petition, or entreaty in favor of, or (less often) against, another or others.

But the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which can not be uttered.
Rom. viii. 26.

Intercessional adjective Pertaining to, of the nature of, or characterized by, intercession or entreaty.

Intercessionate transitive verb To entreat. [ Obsolete]