interference meaning

[ ˌintə'fiərəns ] Pronunciation:   "interference" in a sentence
Noun: interference  `intu(r)'fi(u)runs
  1. A policy of intervening in the affairs of other countries
    - intervention 
  2. The act of hindering or obstructing or impeding
    - hindrance, hinderance 
  3. Electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication
    - noise, disturbance 
  4. (American football) blocking a player's path with your body
    "he ran interference for the quarterback" 
  5. Any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
    - hindrance, hinderance, hitch, preventive, preventative, encumbrance, incumbrance

Derived forms: interferences

See also: interfere

Type of: act, block, blocking, deed, foreign policy, human action, human activity, impediment, impedimenta, obstructer, obstruction, obstructor, trouble

Antonym: noninterference

Encyclopedia: Interference

1. In communications, degradation of reception caused by noise or undesired signals.
2. The interaction of acoustic or electromagnetic waves from more than one source, especially when they are of the same frequency, producing a characteristic INTERFERENCE PATTERN of high-amplitude and low-amplitude regions.

1 : the act or process of interfering
2 : the mutual effect on meeting of two wave trains (as of light or sound) that constitutes alternating areas of increased and decreased amplitude (as light and dark lines or louder and softer sound)
3 : partial or complete inhibition or sometimes facilitation of other genetic crossovers in the vicinity of a chromosomal locus where a preceding crossover has occurred
4 : the disturbing effect of new learning on the performance of previously learned behavior with which it is inconsistent —compare NEGATIVE TRANSFER
5 : prevention of typical growth and development of a virus in a suitable host by the presence of another virus in the same host individual —see INTERFERENCE PHENOMENON


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  1. we don't want any of your interference.
  2. we will brook no outside interference.
  3. his interference bollixed up the whole deal.
  4. this situation is called destructive interference.
  5. this situation is called constructive interference.

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