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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  interface 
  n  1:  (physical  chemistry)  a  surface  forming  a  common  boundary 
  between  two  things  (two  objects  or  liquids  or  chemical 
  phases) 
  2:  (computer  science)  a  program  that  controls  a  display  for  the 
  user  (usually  on  a  computer  monitor)  and  that  allows  the 
  user  to  interact  with  the  system  [syn:  {user  interface}] 
  3:  the  overlap  where  two  theories  or  phenomena  affect  each 
  other  or  have  links  with  each  other  "the  interface 
  between  chemistry  and  biology" 
  4:  (computer  science)  hardware  and  associated  circuitry  that 
  links  one  device  with  another  (especially  a  computer  and  a 
  hard  disk  drive  or  other  peripherals)  [syn:  {port}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  interface 
 
    A  boundary  across  which  two  systems  communicate.  An 
  interface  might  be  a  hardware  connector  used  to  link  to  other 
  devices,  or  it  might  be  a  convention  used  to  allow 
  communication  between  two  software  systems.  Often  there  is 
  some  intermediate  component  between  the  two  systems  which 
  connects  their  interfaces  together.  For  example,  two  {EIA-232} 
  interfaces  connected  via  a  serial  cable. 
 
  See  also  {graphical  user  interface},  {Application  Program 
  Interface}. 
 
  (1996-05-22) 
 
 




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