interface

interface
I. interface in‧ter‧face 1 [ˈɪntəfeɪs ǁ -ər-] noun [countable]
1. the point at which two subjects, events etc are connected with each other or have an effect on one another:
interface between

• The next chapter discusses the interface between accountancy and the law.

2. COMPUTING the way that a particular computer program shows information on the screen to the user:

• the Windows user interface

ˌgraphical ˌuser ˈinterface also ˌgraphical ˈinterface, GUI COMPUTING
a computer interface that is easy to use and understand
3. COMPUTING the part of a computer system that connects two different machines or systems:

• the interface between the computer and the printer

  [m0] II. interface interface 2 verb
1. [intransitive] if two people or companies interface, they work together on a particular problem, each one using their own specialist knowledge:
interface with

• We're attempting to build a permanent American staff here that can interface with the Japanese.

2. [intransitive, transitive] COMPUTING to connect a piece of computer equipment or a computer system with another piece of equipment or another system:
interface (something) with something

• a device which can be interfaced with a computer

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Ⅰ.
interface UK US /ˈɪntəfeɪs/ noun [C]
IT the way in which information is made available to the user on the screen of a computer, mobile phone, etc.: »

A user-friendly shopping interface is essential if you want to encourage customers to buy online.

»

a user/computer/software interface

the point at which two different systems, activities, etc. have an influence on each other: interface between sth and sth »

the interface between business and Government

interface with sth »

The decision is based on the need to create a more efficient interface with our customers.

IT a connection between two pieces of electronic equipment: »

a network interface card/controller

See also GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE(Cf. ↑graphical user interface), GUI(Cf. ↑GUI)
Ⅱ.
interface UK US /ˈɪntəˌfeɪs/ verb
[I] if two people, companies, systems, etc. interface, they are in contact and work together with each other: interface with sb/sth »

All workers at the airport should be willing to interface with local law-enforcement personnel as and when necessary.

[I or T] IT if a computer, mobile phone, etc. interfaces with another system or piece of equipment, or is interfaced with it, it can be connected to or used with it: interface (sth) with sth »

Wireless Application Protocols are standards that govern how mobile phones interface with the World Wide Web.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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