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in·ter·pre·ta·tion

 (ĭn-tûr′prĭ-tā′shən)
n.
1. The act or process of interpreting.
2. A result of interpreting.
3.
a. An explanation or conceptualization by a critic of a work of literature, painting, music, or other art form; an exegesis.
b. A performer's distinctive personal version of a song, dance, piece of music, or role; a rendering.

in·ter′pre·ta′tion·al adj.

interpretation

(ɪnˌtɜːprɪˈteɪʃən)
n
1. the act or process of interpreting or explaining; elucidation
2. the result of interpreting; an explanation
3. a particular view of an artistic work, esp as expressed by stylistic individuality in its performance
4. explanation, as of the environment, a historical site, etc, provided by the use of original objects, personal experience, visual display material, etc
5. (Logic) logic an allocation of significance to the terms of a purely formal system, by specifying ranges for the variables, denotations for the individual constants, etc; a function from the formal language to such elements of a possible world
inˌterpreˈtational adj

in•ter•pre•ta•tion

(ɪnˌtɜr prɪˈteɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the act of interpreting; elucidation; explication.
2. the meaning assigned to another's creative work, action, behavior, etc.
3. oral translation.
4. the performing of a dramatic part, music, etc., so as to bring out the meaning or to demonstrate one's conception of it.
5. the assignment of meaning to abstract symbols in a logical system.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Latin]
in•ter`pre•ta′tion•al, adj.

interpretation

  • eisegesis - The interpretation of a word or passage by reading into it one's own ideas.
  • hermeneutic - An adjective meaning "concerned with interpretation," especially of scripture.
  • case-sensitive - If something is case-sensitive, there is a different meaning or interpretation based on upper- and lower-cased letters.
  • semiotics - The study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation.

interpretation

A part of the analysis and production phase in the intelligence process in which the significance of information is judged in relation to the current body of knowledge. See also intelligence process.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.interpretation - a mental representation of the meaning or significance of somethinginterpretation - a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something
internal representation, mental representation, representation - a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image
reinterpretation - a new or different meaning
anagoge - a mystical or allegorical interpretation (especially of Scripture)
2.interpretation - the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance; "her rendition of Milton's verse was extraordinarily moving"
reinterpretation - a new or different interpretation
spin - a distinctive interpretation (especially as used by politicians to sway public opinion); "the campaign put a favorable spin on the story"
performance - the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment; "we congratulated him on his performance at the rehearsal"; "an inspired performance of Mozart's C minor concerto"
3.interpretation - an explanation that results from interpreting something; "the report included his interpretation of the forensic evidence"
explanation, account - a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.; "the explanation was very simple"; "I expected a brief account"
exposition, expounding - a systematic interpretation or explanation (usually written) of a specific topic
construal - an interpretation of the meaning of something; the act of construing
clarification, elucidation, illumination - an interpretation that removes obstacles to understanding; "the professor's clarification helped her to understand the textbook"
eisegesis - personal interpretation of a text (especially of the Bible) using your own ideas
exegesis - an explanation or critical interpretation (especially of the Bible)
ijtihad - the endeavor of a Moslem scholar to derive a rule of divine law from the Koran and Hadith without relying on the views of other scholars; by the end of the 10th century theologians decided that debate on such matters would be closed and Muslim theology and law were frozen; "some reform-minded Islamic scholars believe that reopening ijtihad is a prerequisite for the survival of Islam"
literal interpretation - an interpretation based on the exact wording
version - an interpretation of a matter from a particular viewpoint; "his version of the fight was different from mine"
reading - a particular interpretation or performance; "on that reading it was an insult"; "he was famous for his reading of Mozart"
twist, construction - an interpretation of a text or action; "they put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct"
reconstruction - an interpretation formed by piecing together bits of evidence
popularisation, popularization - an interpretation that easily understandable and acceptable
misinterpretation, mistaking, misunderstanding - putting the wrong interpretation on; "his misinterpretation of the question caused his error"; "there was no mistaking her meaning"
4.interpretation - an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious; "the edict was subject to many interpretations"; "he annoyed us with his interpreting of parables"; "often imitations are extended to provide a more accurate rendition of the child's intended meaning"
broad interpretation, judicial activism - an interpretation of the U.S. constitution holding that the spirit of the times and the needs of the nation can legitimately influence judicial decisions (particularly decisions of the Supreme Court)
explanation - thought that makes something comprehensible

interpretation

noun
1. explanation, meaning, reading, understanding, sense, analysis, construction, exposition, explication, elucidation, signification The Opposition put a different interpretation on the figures.
2. performance, portrayal, presentation, rendering, reading, execution, rendition, depiction her full-bodied interpretation of the role of Micaela
4. understanding, meaning, reading, conclusion, assumption, inference, presumption, conjecture, supposition He was aware of the interpretation many put on his being at her home.

interpretation

noun
2. Critical explanation or analysis:
3. One's artistic conception as shown by the way in which something such as a dramatic role or musical composition is rendered:
Translations
تَفْسير، تأويل، تَرْجَمَه
interpretace
fortolkningudlægning
tõlgendaminetõlgendus
interpretációtolmácsolás
túlkun
interpretácia
razlaga
çevirmetercüme etmeyorumyorumlama

interpretation

[ɪnˌtɜːprɪˈteɪʃən] N (gen) → interpretación f (Ling) → interpretación f, traducción f
what interpretation am I to place on your conduct?¿cómo he de interpretar tu conducta?
the words bear another interpretationlas palabras pueden interpretarse de otro modo

interpretation

[ɪnˌtɜːrprɪˈteɪʃən] n
(= understanding) → interprétation f
the government's interpretation of events → L'interprétation qu'a le gouvernement des événements
my interpretation of it → l'interprétation que j'en ai
[law] → interprétation f
[role, music] → interprétation f

interpretation

n
(= explanation)Auslegung f, → Interpretation f; (of omen, dream)Deutung f; (of world)Verständnis nt; (Theat, Mus) → Interpretation f; she put quite a different interpretation on the figuressie legte die Zahlen ganz anders aus, sie interpretierte die Zahlen ganz anders; the speech can be given several interpretationsdie Rede kann verschieden ausgelegt or interpretiert werden; an interpretation of a poemeine Gedichtinterpretation
(Admin: = interpreting) → Dolmetschen nt

interpretation

[ɪnˌtɜːprɪˈteɪʃn] ninterpretazione f

interpret

(inˈtəːprit) verb
1. to translate a speaker's words, while he is speaking, into the language of his hearers. He spoke to the audience in French and she interpreted.
2. to explain the meaning of. How do you interpret these lines of the poem?
3. to show or bring out the meaning of (eg a piece of music) in one's performance of it. The sonata was skilfully interpreted by the pianist.
inˌterpreˈtation noun
inˈterpreter noun
a person who translates the words of a speaker into the language of his hearers.

in·ter·pre·ta·tion

n. interpretación.
References in classic literature ?
After he had left me, I placed all my words, with their interpretations, in alphabetical order.
The man was a tall, lean, haggard personification of fanaticism, bearing on his breast this label,--A WANTON GOSPELLER,--which betokened that he had dared to give interpretations of Holy Writ unsanctioned by the infallible judgment of the civil and religious rulers.
Possibly you think that Adam was not at all sagacious in his interpretations, and that it was altogether extremely unbecoming in a sensible man to behave as he did--falling in love with a girl who really had nothing more than her beauty to recommend her, attributing imaginary virtues to her, and even condescending to cleave to her after she had fallen in love with another man, waiting for her kind looks as a patient trembling dog waits for his master's eye to be turned upon him.
It is very difficult to hide even a slight emotion or sentiment from fifteen inquisitive and unoccupied young girls, whose wits and mischief ask for nothing better than secrets to guess, schemes to create or baffle, and who know how to find too many interpretations for each gesture, glance, and word, to fail in discovering the right one.
Having fairly well advanced his own affairs Angel listened in a willing silence, as they jogged on together through the shady lanes, to his father's account of his parish difficulties, and the coldness of brother clergymen whom he loved, because of his strict interpretations of the New Testament by the light of what they deemed a pernicious Calvinistic doctrine.
And these simple words, her look, and the expression on her face which accompanied them, formed for two months the subject of inexhaustible memories, interpretations, and happy meditations for Pierre.
Signs are small measurable things, but interpretations are illimitable, and in girls of sweet, ardent nature, every sign is apt to conjure up wonder, hope, belief, vast as a sky, and colored by a diffused thimbleful of matter in the shape of knowledge.
His favourite subjects were church discipline, rites and ceremonies, apostolical succession, the duty of reverence and obedience to the clergy, the atrocious criminality of dissent, the absolute necessity of observing all the forms of godliness, the reprehensible presumption of individuals who attempted to think for themselves in matters connected with religion, or to be guided by their own interpretations of Scripture, and, occasionally (to please his wealthy parishioners) the necessity of deferential obedience from the poor to the rich--supporting his maxims and exhortations throughout with quotations from the Fathers: with whom he appeared to be far better acquainted than with the Apostles and Evangelists, and whose importance he seemed to consider at least equal to theirs.
At times he shocked them with the vividness of the narrative and his terms of speech, but beauty always followed fast upon the heels of violence, and tragedy was relieved by humor, by interpretations of the strange twists and quirks of sailors' minds.
The phrase used in the note, "I have a serious reason for asking this," appeared to favor the latter of the two interpretations.
I am the friend of me friend Tobin, according to me interpretations.
The nature of the man, unpliably antagonistic to the world and the world's customs, might justify some such interpretation of his conduct as this.

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