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Interpolate   Listen
Interpolate  v. t.  (past & past part. interpolated; pres. part. interpolating)  
To renew; to carry on with intermission. (Obs.) "Motion... partly continued and unintermitted,... partly interpolated and interrupted."
To alter or corrupt by the insertion of new or foreign matter; especially, to change, as a book or text, by the insertion of matter that is new, or foreign to the purpose of the author. "How strangely Ignatius is mangled and interpolated, you may see by the vast difference of all copies and editions." "The Athenians were put in possession of Salamis by another law, which was cited by Solon, or, as some think, interpolated by him for that purpose."
(Math.) To fill up intermediate terms of, as of a series, according to the law of the series; to introduce, as a number or quantity, in a partial series, according to the law of that part of the series; to estimate a value at a point intermediate between points of knwon value. Compare extrapolate.

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"Interpolate" Quotes from Famous Books

... Sound and the German in Weddell Sea, above all as regards the hypsometer observations (for the determination of altitude) on sledge journeys. It may be hoped, in any case, that it will be possible to interpolate the atmospheric pressure at sea-level in all parts of the Antarctic continent that were traversed by the sledging expeditions. For this reason the publication of a provisional working out of the observations ...
— The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2 • Roald Amundsen

... was one of those which Mark had felt it due to himself to interpolate. This was but one example, said the inexorable critic, there were other instances more flagrant still—and in all of these the astonished Mark ...
— The Giant's Robe • F. Anstey

... him, who seeks unbounded wealth to hold, Or joy, or honour, or terrestrial state, Seize with his hand this lock of purest gold, That crowns my brow, and blest shall be his fate. But when time serves, behoves him to be bold, Nor even a moment's pause interpolate: The chance, once lost, he never finds again: I turn, and leave ...
— Gryll Grange • Thomas Love Peacock

... extricated Eliza from the cake of ice and started her on the concluding portion of her journey to safety. It was then that William, burning to distinguish himself, and having a vague notion that "Chuck" Epstein, who was in the audience, had once declared that the actor who could interpolate telling lines in his part was on a fair way to fame, advanced solemnly to the front, regardless of the dropping curtain which landed on his shoulders and flopped ungracefully around him, to declare in his loudest voice, "And I wish to say, that ...
— William Adolphus Turnpike • William Banks

Words linked to "Interpolate" :   math, figure, cipher, work out, extrapolate, interpolation, redact, alter, edit, calculate, reckon, falsify, mathematics, cypher

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