Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Interplead intransitive verb (Law) To plead against each other, or go to trial between themselves, as the claimants in an in an interpleader. See Interpleader . [ Written also enterplead .]

Interpleader noun
1. One who interpleads.

2. (Law) A proceeding devised to enable a person, of whom the same debt, duty, or thing is claimed adversely by two or more parties, to compel them to litigate the right or title between themselves, and thereby to relieve himself from the suits which they might otherwise bring against him.

Interpledge transitive verb To pledge mutually. [ R.]

Interpoint transitive verb To point; to mark with stops or pauses; to punctuate. [ R.]

Her sighs should interpoint her words.
Daniel.

Interpolable adjective That may be interpolated; suitable to be interpolated.

A most interpolable clause of one sentence.
De Morgan.

Interpolate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Interpolated ; present participle & verbal noun Interpolating .] [ Latin interpolatus , past participle of interpolare to form anew, to interpolate, from interpolus , interpolis , falsified, vamped up, polished up; inter between + polire to polish. See Polish , transitive verb ]


1. To renew; to carry on with intermission. [ Obsolete]

Motion . . . partly continued and unintermitted, . . . partly interpolated and interrupted.
Sir M. Hale.

2. To alter or corrupt by the insertion of new or foreign matter; especially, to change, as a book or text, by the insertion of matter that is new, or foreign to the purpose of the author.

How strangely Ignatius is mangled and interpolated , you may see by the vast difference of all copies and editions.
Bp. Barlow.

The Athenians were put in possession of Salamis by another law, which was cited by Solon, or, as some think, interpolated by him for that purpose.
Pope.

3. (Math.) To fill up intermediate terms of, as of a series, according to the law of the series; to introduce, as a number or quantity, in a partial series, according to the law of that part of the series.

Interpolated adjective
1. Inserted in, or added to, the original; introduced; foisted in; changed by the insertion of new or spurious matter.

2. (Math.) (a) Provided with necessary interpolations; as, an interpolated table. (b) Introduced or determined by interpolation; as, interpolated quantities or numbers.

Interpolation noun [ Latin interpolatio an alteration made here and there: confer French 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 Quincey.

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 series.

Interpolator noun [ Latin , a corrupter: of. French interpolateur .] One who interpolates; esp., one who inserts foreign or spurious matter in genuine writings.

Interpone transitive verb [ Latin interponere ; inter between + ponere to place. See Position .] To interpose; to insert or place between. [ R.] Cudworth.

Interponent noun One who, or that which, interposes; an interloper, an opponent. [ R.] Heywood.

Interposal noun [ From Interpose .] The act of interposing; interposition; intervention.

Interpose transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Interposed ; present participle & verbal noun Interposing .] [ French interposer . See Inter- , and Pose , transitive verb ]


1. To place between; as, to interpose a screen between the eye and the light.

Mountains interposed
Make enemies of nations.
Cowper.

2. To thrust; to intrude; to put between, either for aid or for troubling.

What watchful cares do interpose themselves
Betwixt your eyes and night?
Shak.

The common Father of mankind seasonably interposed his hand, and rescues miserable man.
Woodward.

3. To introduce or inject between the parts of a conversation or argument. Milton.

Interpose intransitive verb
1. To be or come between.

Long hid by interposing hill or wood.
Cowper.

2. To step in between parties at variance; to mediate; as, the prince interposed and made peace. Pope.

3. To utter a sentiment by way of interruption. Boyle.

Syn. -- To intervene; intercede; mediate; interfere; intermeddle. -- To Interpose , Intermeddle , Interfere . A man may often interpose with propriety in the concerns of others; he can never intermeddle without being impertinent or officious; nor can be interfere without being liable to the same charge, unless he has rights which are interfered with. "In our practical use, interference is something offensive. It is the pushing in of himself between two parties on the part of a third who was not asked, and is not thanked for his pains, and who, as the feeling of the word implies, had no business there; while interposition is employed to express the friendly, peacemaking mediation of one whom the act well became, and who, even if he was not specially invited thereunto, is still thanked for what he has done." Trench.

Interpose noun Interposition. [ Obsolete]

Interposer noun One who, or that which, interposes or intervenes; an obstacle or interruption; a mediator or agent between parties. Shak.

Interposit noun [ From Latin interpositus , past participle of interponere . See Interposition .] An intermediate depot or station between one commercial city or country and another. Mitford.

Interposition noun [ Latin interpositio a putting between, insertion, from interponere , interpositum : confer French interposition . See Interpone , Position .]


1. The act of interposing, or the state of being interposed; a being, placing, or coming between; mediation.

2. The thing interposed.

Interposure noun Interposition. [ Obsolete]

Interpret transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Interpreted ; present participle & verbal noun Interpreting .] [ French interprêter , Latin interpretari , past participle interpretatus , from interpres interpeter, agent, negotiator; inter between + (prob.) the root of pretium price. See Price .]


1. To explain or tell the meaning of; to expound; to translate orally into intelligible or familiar language or terms; to decipher; to define; -- applied esp. to language, but also to dreams, signs, conduct, mysteries, etc.; as, to interpret the Hebrew language to an Englishman; to interpret an Indian speech.

Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Matt. i. 23.

And Pharaoh told them his dreams; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh.
Gen. xli. 8.

2. To apprehend and represent by means of art; to show by illustrative representation; as, an actor interprets the character of Hamlet; a musician interprets a sonata; an artist interprets a landscape.

Syn. -- To translate; explain; solve; render; expound; elucidate; decipher; unfold; unravel.

Interpret intransitive verb To act as an interpreter. Shak.

Interpretable adjective [ Latin interpretabilis : confer French interprêtable .] Admitting of interpretation; capable of being interpreted or explained.

Interpretament noun [ Latin interpretamentum .] Interpretation. [ Obsolete] Milton.

Interpretation (ĭn*tẽr`pre*tā"shŭn) noun [ Latin interpretatio : confer French interprétation .]


1. The act of interpreting; explanation of what is obscure; translation; version; construction; as, the interpretation of a foreign language, of a dream, or of an enigma.

Look how we can, or sad or merrily,
Interpretation will misquote our looks.
Shak.

2. The sense given by an interpreter; exposition or explanation given; meaning; as, commentators give various interpretations of the same passage of Scripture.

3. The power or explaining. [ R.] Bacon.

4. (Fine Arts) An artist's way of expressing his thought or embodying his conception of nature.

5. (Math.) The act or process of applying general principles or formulæ to the explanation of the results obtained in special cases.

Syn. -- Explanation; solution; translation; version; sense; exposition; rendering; definition.

Interpretative adjective [ Confer French interprétatif .]


1. Designed or fitted to interpret; explanatory. " Interpretative lexicography." Johnson.

2. According to interpretation; constructive.

An interpretative siding with heresies.
Hammond.

Interpretatively adverb By interpretation. Ray.

Interpreter noun [ Confer Old French entrepreteur , Latin interpretator .] One who or that which interprets, explains, or expounds; a translator; especially, a person who translates orally between two parties.

We think most men's actions to be the interpreters of their thoughts.
Locke.

Interpretive adjective Interpretative. [ R.]

Interpubic adjective (Anat.) Between the pubic bones or cartilages; as, the interpubic disk.

Interpunction noun [ Latin interpunctio , from interpungere , interppunctum , to interpoint. See Inter- , and Point .] The insertion of points between words or sentences; punctuation.

Interradial adjective Between the radii, or rays; -- in zoölogy, said of certain parts of radiate animals; as, the interradial plates of a starfish.

Interramal adjective [ Prefix inter- + Latin ramus a branch.] (Anat.) Between rami or branches; esp., between the mandibles, or rami of the lower jaw; intermandibular.

Interreceive transitive verb To receive between or within.

Interregency noun An interregnum. [ Obsolete] Blount.

Interregent noun A person who discharges the royal functions during an interregnum. Holland.

Interregnum noun ; plural Interregnums . [ Latin , from inter between + regnum dominion, reign. See Reign , and confer Interreign .]


1. The time during which a throne is vacant between the death or abdication of a sovereign and the accession of his successor.

2. Any period during which, for any cause, the executive branch of a government is suspended or interrupted.

Interreign noun [ Confer French interrègne .] An interregnum. [ Obsolete] Bacon.

Interrelated adjective Having a mutual or reciprocal relation or parallelism; correlative.

Interrelation noun Mutual or reciprocal relation; correlation.

Interrenal adjective (Anat.) Between the kidneys; as, the interrenal body, an organ found in many fishes. -- noun The interrenal body.

Interrepellent adjective Mutually repellent. De Quincey.

Interrer noun One who inters.

Interrex noun ; plural English Interrexes , Latin Interreges . [ Latin , from inter between + rex king.] An interregent, or a regent.

Interrogate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Interrogating .] [ Latin interrogatus , past participle of interrogare to ask; inter between + rogare to ask. See Rogation.] To question formally; to question; to examine by asking questions; as, to interrogate a witness.

Wilt thou, uncalled, interrogate ,
Talker! the unreplying Fate?
Emerson.

Syn. -- To question; ask. See Question .

Interrogate intransitive verb To ask questions. Bacon.

Interrogate noun An interrogation; a question. [ Obsolete] Bp. Hall.

Interrogatee noun One who is interrogated.

Interrogation noun [ Latin interrogatio : confer French interrogation .]


1. The act of interrogating or questioning; examination by questions; inquiry.

2. A question put; an inquiry.

3. A point, mark, or sign, thus [ ?], indicating that the sentence with which it is connected is a question. It is used to express doubt, or to mark a query. Called also interrogation point .

» In works printed in the Spanish language this mark is not only placed at the end of an interrogative sentence, but is also placed, inverted [ as thus (¿)], at the beginning.

Interrogative adjective [ Latin interrogativus : confer French interrogatif .] Denoting a question; expressed in the form of a question; as, an interrogative sentence; an interrogative pronoun.

Interrogative noun (Gram.) A word used in asking questions; as, who ? which ? why ?