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See also: Interpolation


A linear interpolation
A smooth interpolation


From French interpolation, from Latin interpolatio.



interpolation (countable and uncountable, plural interpolations)

  1. (music) An abrupt change in elements, with continuation of the first idea.
  2. (mathematics, sciences) The process of estimating the value of a function at a point from its values at nearby points.
  3. (computing) The process of including and processing externally-fetched data in a document or program; see interpolate.
  4. That which is introduced or inserted, especially something foreign or spurious.
    • 1830, Thomas De Quincey, Life of Richard Bentley
      Bentley wrote a letter [] upon the scriptural glosses in our present copies of Hesychius, which he considered interpolations from a later hand.


  • (including and processing externally-fetched data): transclusion

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