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interferes

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Interfere \In'ter*fere"\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Interfered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Interfering}.] [OF. entreferir to strike each other; entre between (L. inter) + OF. ferir to strike, F. f['e]rir, fr. L. ferire. See {Ferula}.]

1. To come in collision; to be in opposition; to clash; -- usually used with with; as, interfering claims, or commands; workers in a crowded shop may interfere with each other's activity. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. To enter into, or take a part in, the concerns of others; to intermeddle; to interpose; -- used with in or with; as, to interfere with the way I raise my children. [1913 Webster +PJC]

To interfere with party disputes. --Swift.

There was no room for anyone to interfere with his own opinions. --Bp. Warburton.

3. To strike one foot against the opposite foot or ankle in using the legs; -- sometimes said of a human being, but usually of a horse; as, the horse interferes.

4. (Physics) To act reciprocally, so as to augment, diminish, or otherwise affect one another; -- said of waves, rays of light, heat, etc. See {Interference}, 2.

5. (Patent Law) To cover the same ground; to claim the same invention; as, to interfere with another patent.

Syn: To interpose; intermeddle. See {Interpose}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

interfere

verb

1: come between so as to be hindrance or obstacle; "Your talking interferes with my work!"

2: get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force; "Why did the U.S. not intervene earlier in WW II?" [syn: {intervene}, {step in}, {interfere}, {interpose}]


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