interface
I. noun Date: 1882 1. a surface forming a common boundary of two bodies, spaces, or phases <
an oil-water interface
>
2. a. the place at which independent and often unrelated systems meet and act on or communicate with each other <
the man-machine interface
>
b. the means by which interaction or communication is achieved at an interface • interfacial adjective II. verb Date: 1962 transitive verb 1. to connect by means of an interface <
interface a machine with a computer
>
2. to serve as an interface for intransitive verb 1. to become interfaced 2. to interact or coordinate harmoniously

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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