Interference
Interference In`ter*fer"ence, n. [See {Interfere}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act or state of interfering; as, the stoppage of a machine by the interference of some of its parts; a meddlesome interference in the business of others. [1913 Webster]

2. (Physics) The mutual influence, under certain conditions, as from streams of light, or pulsations of sound, or, generally, two waves or vibrations of any kind, producing certain characteristic phenomena, as colored fringes, dark bands, or darkness, in the case of light, silence or increased intensity in sounds; neutralization or superposition of waves generally. [1913 Webster]

Note: The term is most commonly applied to light, and the undulatory theory of light affords the proper explanation of the phenomena which are considered to be produced by the superposition of waves, and are thus substantially identical in their origin with the phenomena of heat, sound, waves of water, and the like. [1913 Webster]

3. (Patent Law) The act or state of interfering, or of claiming a right to the same invention. [1913 Webster]

{Interference figures} (Optics), the figures observed when certain sections of crystallized bodies are viewed in converging polarized light; thus, a section of a uniaxial crystal, cut normal to the vertical axis, shows a series of concentric colored rings with a single black cross; -- so called because produced by the interference of luminous waves.

{Interference fringe}. (Optics) See {Fringe}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Interference — Interférence Pour les articles homonymes, voir Interference (homonymie). Interférences d ondes planes lors de leur croisement …   Wikipédia en Français

  • interference — in·ter·fer·ence n 1 a: the act or an instance of interfering interference with contract b: something that interferes 2: a hearing to determine the priority of invention at issue in a patent dispute Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam… …   Law dictionary

  • interference — [in΄tər fir′əns] n. 1. an act or instance of interfering 2. something that interferes 3. ☆ a) Football the legal blocking of opposing players in order to clear the way for the ball carrier; also, the player or players who do such blocking b)… …   English World dictionary

  • interference — interference. См. интерференция хиазм. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • Interference —   [engl.], Interferenz …   Universal-Lexikon

  • interference — 1783, formed irregularly from INTERFERE (Cf. interfere) on model of difference, etc. Broadcasting and telephoning sense is from 1887. In chess from 1913; in U.S. football from 1894 …   Etymology dictionary

  • interference — [n] meddling, impedance arrest, background, backseat driving*, barging in*, barring, blocking, checking, choking, clashing, clogging, conflict, hampering, hindrance, intermeddling, interposition, intervention, intrusion, meddlesomeness,… …   New thesaurus

  • interference — ► NOUN 1) the action of interfering or process of being interfered with. 2) disturbance to radio signals caused by unwanted signals from other sources. 3) Physics the combination of two or more waveforms to form a resultant in which the wave… …   English terms dictionary

  • Interference — In physics, interference is the addition (superposition) of two or more waves that result in a new wave pattern.As most commonly used, the term interference usually refers to the interaction of waves which are correlated or coherent with each… …   Wikipedia

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