• WordNet 3.6
    • n interpreter (computer science) a program that translates and executes source language statements one line at a time
    • n interpreter someone who mediates between speakers of different languages
    • n interpreter someone who uses art to represent something "his paintings reveal a sensitive interpreter of nature","she was famous as an interpreter of Shakespearean roles"
    • n interpreter an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose "the meeting was attended by spokespersons for all the major organs of government"
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"But here hardby comes Heaven's interpreter." "But here hardby comes Heaven's interpreter."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rosalind Franklin was the woman behind Watson and Crick's doudle helix DNA model. She did all the experiments, but died before she was paid credit. Watson and Crick merely took her results and interpreted it.
    • n Interpreter One who or that which interprets, explains, or expounds; a translator; especially, a person who translates orally between two parties. "We think most men's actions to be the interpreters of their thoughts."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sometime around 1325, the Aztecs were looking for a place to build their capital. A priest had interpreted an omen to mean the site should be where the found an eagle, perched on a cactus, devouring a snake. And that's why they chose what is now Mexico City; they found the eagle eating a snake while resting on a cactus. The scene is depicted on the Mexican flag.
    • n interpreter One who or that which interprets; one who explains or expounds; an expositor; a translator; especially, one who explains what is said in a different language.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: This is what the red, white, and blue on the US flag represent: The Continental Congress left no record to show why it chose the colors. However, in 1782, the Congress of the Confederation chose these same colors for the Great Seal of the United States and listed their meaning as follows: white to mean purity and innocence, red for valor and hardiness, and blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice. According to legend, George Washington interpreted the elements of the flag this way: the stars were taken from the sky, the red from the British colors, and the white stripes signified the secession from the home country. However, there is no official designation or meaning for the colors of the flag.
    • n Interpreter one who explains between two parties: an expounder: a translator
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  • Charles H. Parkhurst
    Charles H. Parkhurst
    “Home interprets heaven. Home is heaven for beginners.”
  • Alfred Adler
    “We must interpret a bad temper as a sign of inferiority.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “The magistrates are the ministers for the laws, the judges their interpreters, the rest of us are servants of the law, that we all may be free.”
  • George Eliot
    “All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Necessity is not an established fact, but rather an interpretation.”
  • Karl Marx
    “The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. entrepreteur, L. interpretator,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. interprerāri, -ātusinterpres, inter, between, -pres, prob. conn. with Gr. phrasis, speech.


In literature:

His nursery training interprets and orders the world for him.
"Study of Child Life" by Marion Foster Washburne
Something must be said about Loyola's interpretation of the vow of poverty.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
Interpreting it each time differently, he yet dismissed both interpretations with a smile.
"Four Weird Tales" by Algernon Blackwood
Everybody professed to be in favour of it, so long as it was interpreted according to his own rule.
"The English Church in the Eighteenth Century" by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
Huxley's conclusion may be justly designated as a failure of science to interpret the greatest things of life.
"An Interpretation of Rudolf Eucken's Philosophy" by W. Tudor Jones
Hence comes what is perhaps the chief difficulty in interpreting his works.
"Shakespearean Tragedy" by A. C. Bradley
On July 9th, 1615, Champlain, Etienne Brule, an interpreter, a servant, and ten Indians, set out for the mouth of the Ottawa River.
"The Makers of Canada: Champlain" by N. E. Dionne
It interprets the Old Testament, and is itself interpreted by it.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
Make certain no one else can interpret it in any other way.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
This holds good in dream-interpretation too; the interpretation is effected by means of a visual image.
"Illusions" by James Sully

In poetry:

Awake, my fair, my love, awake,
So that I may gaze upon you!
And if one is eager to kiss your lips,
In your dreams this do you see,
Lo, then I myself of your dream
The interpreter will be.
"Awake, my fair" by Yehudah ha-Levi
Now Whisp, as the group in a small circle stand--
He fing'ring two thirds of a hat in his hand--
"Sir, as your dark speeches the company ravel,
You ne'er should without an interpreter travel."
"The Art Of Speaking" by William Hutton
Its accents may vary, its sound may be strange,
But it bears a kind message that nothing can change;
The dwellers by Neva its meaning can tell,
For the smile, its interpreter, shows it full well.
"At The Banquet To The Grand Duke Alexis" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
I repeat it as he spoke it. I do not interpret
what I do not understand. He comes among
many who have come to us. He speaks and we forget
and are slow to be reminded. But he does come,
signs do appear.
"A Magus" by John Anthony Ciardi
The mundane language of the senses sings
Its own interpretations. Common things
Become, by virtue of their commonness,
An argument against their nakedness
That dies of cold to find the truth it brings.
"Philosophy" by Nissim Ezekiel
Be with us now! The pile we rear
In reverence—may the worshipper
Who seeks Thy presence find it here;
Thyself the Great Interpreter
To unveil the veiled—to pour Thy light
In all its glories—infinite.
"Dedicatory Hymn" by John Bowring

In news:

Since Vermont's last Bedrock Geologic Map was completed over 50 years ago, there have been new interpretations of geologic history, like plate tectonics theory.
If Maestro Shinik Hahm's interpretations occasionally lean towards plain vanilla, the Yale Symphony Orchestra responds to his baton with a rich, creamy sound.
States Interpret Ruling to Cut Medicaid Now.
Onlookers take photos and watch as a dolphin swims in the Bolsa Chica wetlands near the Interpretive Center on Tuesday.
" or "If you touch me again, I'm going to explode" is up for interpretation.
From campy hero to brooding protector, Batman has been subject of many interpretations.
The abduction of Jill Carroll in Baghdad in January, along with the murder of her interpreter, Alan Enwiya, was an important event.
A Whimsical Interpretation Of Staid Ergonomics .
IRS tax interpretation could cost air taxis more than $1M in fines.
Speaking through an interpreter, Chapman said he likely needs two or three more bullpens to work on his command.
Fashion houses took the lead on this in 2000-01, draping models in couture interpretations of World War II Army drab.
The Fall Frolic at the Red House Interpretive Center Saturday, Sept 29, 2012 in downtown Cape Girardeau.
Moore will speak about the different forms of DNA tests used for genealogy research and ways of interpreting those tests.
Recently, I've noticed that an increasing number of nondestructive examiners are unable to interpret standards and read fabrication and repair drawings.
From Oscar de la Renta's interpretation of Picasso's guitarist to Versace's use of Matisse-like prints, get inspired by some of our favorite artists this holiday season.

In science:

This is a misunderstanding, since logical implication (and hence also logical equivalence) is de(cid:12)ned in terms of al l interpretations, not just Herbrand interpretations.
Least Generalizations and Greatest Specializations of Sets of Clauses
Our seven models consist of Levenshtein distance as well as six variants resulting from our two interpretations of three models.5 Our two interpretations are the stochastic edit distance (4) and the classic edit distance (3), also called the Viterbi edit distance.
Learning string edit distance
As an ω -random graph is K -random for every K < ω , an interpretation of RGω is a uniform interpretation of Γfin .
Random graphs in the monadic theory of order
Fixing an interpretation I (rather its depth and dimension) we are trying to show that if K is large enough then in V P no chain C interprets some G ∈ ΓK by I .
Random graphs in the monadic theory of order
If C interprets G by I and does’nt have one then we can always construct C ∗ = C ∪ {−∞} and interpret G on C ∗ by some I ∗ having the same depth and dimension d + 1 (add −∞ as a parameter).
Random graphs in the monadic theory of order