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Usage Glossary: A B C D E F G H I K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y


Interface is a verb or a noun referring to the coordination of two or more items or systems.

In order to streamline our system, we needed to interface our separate databases. [verb]

Suzanne is studying the interface between the computer and the user. [noun]

Do not use the term interface in more general senses--as, for example, a synonym for meet.

Interphase combines the prefix inter-, meaning "between", with the base phase, meaning "stage"; thus, an interphase would be an intermediate stage or step. However, this word is seldom used.

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