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v. in·ter·po·lat·ed, in·ter·po·lat·ing, in·ter·po·lates
1. To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.
a. To insert (material) into a text.
b. To insert into a conversation. See Synonyms at introduce.
3. To change or falsify (a text) by introducing new or incorrect material.
a. To estimate a value of (a function or series) between two known values.
b. To create a continuous function that incorporates (a finite set of data), such as creating a curve that passes through a fixed set of points or a surface through a fixed set of curves.
5. To introduce estimated values of (pixel data) into a pixel array to improve the quality of an enlarged digital image.
To make insertions or additions.
[Latin interpolāre, interpolāt-, to touch up, refurbish, from interpolis, refurbished; see pel- in Indo-European roots.]
1. to insert or introduce (a comment, passage, etc) into (a conversation, text, etc)
2. to falsify or alter (a text, manuscript, etc) by the later addition of (material, esp spurious or valueless passages)
3. (intr) to make additions, interruptions, or insertions
4. (Mathematics) maths to estimate (a value of a function) between the values already known or determined. Compare extrapolate1
[C17: from Latin interpolāre to give a new appearance to, from inter- + polīre to polish]
inˈterpoˌlater, inˈterpoˌlator n
v. -lat•ed, -lat•ing. v.t.
1. to introduce (something additional or extraneous) between other things or parts; interject; interpose.
2. to insert, estimate, or find an intermediate term in (a mathematical sequence).
a. to alter (a text) by the insertion of new matter, esp. deceptively or without authorization.
b. to insert (new or spurious matter) in this manner.
4. to make an interpolation.
[1605–15; < Latin interpolātus, past participle of interpolāre to make new, refurbish, touch up]
Past participle: interpolated
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|Verb||1.||interpolate - estimate the value of|
math, mathematics, maths - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement
|2.||interpolate - insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby|