Definition of Interpretation

1. Noun. A mental representation of the meaning or significance of something.

Exact synonyms: Reading, Version
Generic synonyms: Internal Representation, Mental Representation, Representation
Specialized synonyms: Reinterpretation, Anagoge
Derivative terms: Interpret, Interpret

2. Noun. The act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance. "Her rendition of Milton's verse was extraordinarily moving"
Exact synonyms: Rendering, Rendition
Specialized synonyms: Reinterpretation, Spin
Generic synonyms: Performance
Derivative terms: Interpret, Interpret, Interpret, Render, Render

3. Noun. An explanation that results from interpreting something. "The report included his interpretation of the forensic evidence"

4. Noun. An explanation of something that is not immediately obvious. "Often imitations are extended to provide a more accurate rendition of the child's intended meaning"
Exact synonyms: Interpreting, Rendering, Rendition
Specialized synonyms: Broad Interpretation, Judicial Activism
Generic synonyms: Explanation
Derivative terms: Interpret, Interpret, Interpret, Interpret

Definition of Interpretation

1. n. The act of interpreting; explanation of what is obscure; translation; version; construction; as, the interpretation of a foreign language, of a dream, or of an enigma.

Definition of Interpretation

1. Noun. An act of interpreting or explaining what is obscure; a translation; a version; a construction. ¹

2. Noun. A sense given by an interpreter; an exposition or explanation given; meaning . ¹

3. Noun. The power of explaining. ¹

4. Noun. An artist's way of expressing his thought or embodying his conception of nature. ¹

5. Noun. An act or process of applying general principles or formulae to the explanation of the results obtained in special cases. ¹

6. Noun. (countable physics) An approximation that allows aspects of a mathematical theory to be discussed in ordinary language. ¹

7. Noun. (countable logic) An assignment of a truth value to each propositional symbol of a propositional calculus. ¹

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Definition of Interpretation

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Interpretation

1. The therapists explanation of the latent or hidden meanings of what the patient says, does or experiences, in terms which are understandable to him. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Interpretation

interpositus nucleus
interpretative dance
interpretative dancing

Literary usage of Interpretation

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Law of Option Contracts by Frank James (1916)
"Same. Exercise of option. Waiver. Sec.. Interpretation. Rules of construction. Sec.. Interpretation. Rules of evidence. Sec.. Interpretation. Miscellaneous. ..."

2. The American Antiquarian and Oriental Journal by Stephen Denison Peet (1883)
"I originally intended to confine it to the question of interpretation of the Homeric heroes, but I found it impossible to treat of them apart from the ..."

3. Literature, Its Principles and Problems by Theodore Whitefield Hunt (1906)
"CHAPTER ONE GUIDING PRINCIPLES IN THE Interpretation OF LITERATURE AT the very ... Cranshaw and Mabie prefer the phrase—The Interpretation of Literature, ..."

4. Principles of Education by Frederick Elmer Bolton (1910)
"PRINCIPLES OF EDUCATION CHAPTER I THE NEW Interpretation OF EDUCATION ... New Interpretation.—Education is not a new process, but it is receiving new ..."

5. Scripture and Truth: Dissertations by Benjamin Jowett (1907)
"Different individuals or bodies of Christians have a different point of view, to which their interpretation is narrowed or made to conform. ..."

6. The Antichrist Legend: A Chapter in Christian and Jewish Folklore, Englished by Wilhelm Bousset, Augustus Henry Keane (1896)
"... OF Interpretation — RELATIONS TO THE BABYLONIAN DRAGON MYTH. present work was originally undertaken with -La view to the explantion and interpretation ..."

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