Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search
See also: Interpolation


A linear interpolation
A smooth interpolation


From French interpolation, from Latin interpolatio.



interpolation ‎(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.
    Bentley wrote a letter [] upon the scriptural glosses in our present copies of Hesychius, which he considered interpolations from a later hand. — De Quincey.

Related terms[edit]


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


The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Help:How to check translations.