• WordNet 3.6
    • n interpretation the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance "her rendition of Milton's verse was extraordinarily moving"
    • n interpretation an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious "the edict was subject to many interpretations","he annoyed us with his interpreting of parables","often imitations are extended to provide a more accurate rendition of the child's intended meaning"
    • n interpretation a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something
    • n interpretation an explanation that results from interpreting something "the report included his interpretation of the forensic evidence"
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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.
    • Interpretation (Fine Arts) An artist's way of expressing his thought or embodying his conception of nature.
    • Interpretation 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. "Look how we can, or sad or merrily, Interpretation will misquote our looks."
    • Interpretation (Math) The act or process of applying general principles or formulæ to the explanation of the results obtained in special cases.
    • Interpretation The power or explaining.
    • Interpretation The sense given by an interpreter; exposition or explanation given; meaning; as, commentators give various interpretations of the same passage of Scripture.
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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 interpretation The act of interpreting, expounding, or explaining; translation; explanation; elucidation: as, the interpretation of a difficult passage in an author; the interpretation of dreams or of prophecy.
    • n interpretation The sense given by an interpreter; assumed meaning; apparent meaning; signification: as, varying interpretations of the same passage or event: to put a bad interpretation upon anything. In law, interpretation in this sense usually implies either that a word or phrase, read in the light of other parts of the instrument or of extrinsic evidence, is found to have a meaning different from that first apparent on its face; or
    • n interpretation The representation of a dramatic part or character, or the rendering of a musical composition, according to one's particular conception of it: as, an original and spirited interpretation of “Hamlet.”
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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 Interpretation act of interpreting: the sense given by an interpreter: the power of explaining: the representation of a dramatic part according to one's conception of it
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  • John Locke
    “The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.”
  • Novalis
    “Only an artist can interpret the meaning of life.”
  • George Eliot
    “No story is the same to us after a lapse of time; or rather we who read it are no longer the same interpreters.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “There are no facts, only interpretations.”
  • Amos Bronson Alcott
    “Our friends interpret the world and ourselves to us, if we take them tenderly and truly.”
  • Charles H. Parkhurst
    Charles H. Parkhurst
    “Home interprets heaven. Home is heaven for beginners.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. interpretatio,: cf. F. interprétation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. interprerāri, -ātusinterpres, inter, between, -pres, prob. conn. with Gr. phrasis, speech.


In literature:

In each case an incident in nature is interpreted as a warning or direction to the army or the man.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
They call themselves Interpreters.
"The Preacher and His Models" by James Stalker
The interpreter shall be at my side during the whole journey.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
The old man, who understood a little of the Illinois language, also went with them as an interpreter.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Plato, by the mouth of Socrates, rejects a rationalist interpretation of this myth.
"Christianity As A Mystical Fact" by Rudolf Steiner
That is my interpretation of their action.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Philosophy as the Interpretation of Life 152 Sect.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
The language of thankfulness needs no interpreter.
"Deerfoot in The Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
Such being the command of Zeus, the interpreter has nothing to do but to obey.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
All interpretative art is based primarily on the material with which it deals and with contemporary public taste.
"The Merry-Go-Round" by Carl Van Vechten

In poetry:

He my cause will undertake,
My Interpreter will be;
He’s my all, and for His sake,
God, be merciful to me.
"Sinful, Sighing to be Blest" by John Samuel Bewley Monsell
"The pure and gentle flowers became
As sisters fair to me:
I needed no interpreter
To read their language free.
"The Vesper Chime" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
And the Poet's song again
Passed like music through my brain;
Night interpreted to me
All its grace and mystery.
"Daylight And Moonlight. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan his work in vain;
God is his own interpreter,
And he will make it plain.
"Olney Hymn 68: Light Shining Out Of Darkness" by William Cowper
The lady, she interpreter
For looks or language wanted none,
If yet dominion stayed with her—­
So lightly won;
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
The dear Lord's best interpreters
Are humble human souls;
The Gospel of a life like hers
Is more than books or scrolls.
"The Friend’s Burial" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Medical research produces large multivariable datasets that are difficult to visualise and interpret intuitively.
Bill Sullivan, Oregon's leading author of hiking guidebooks , talked about some of his favorite places in the state during a slide show Tuesday at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.
This week-long internship is designed to introduce local youth to park programs and generate interest in careers related to natural resources management, interpretation and facilities management.
Dick Micka of Baker City displays the fruits of his talents while he works away at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.
In the United States, in Europe, and in Israel it continues to attract new readers and interpreters.
The English soloist, who blends flawless technique with nuanced interpretations, will join the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.
47) presents a laundry list of both modern and old school bluesmeisters interpreting the telling tales of Robert Johnson.
Interpretive Map of Ranchos and Adobes based on a 1937 map (see below).
Three television shows interpret the modern family home.
'I didn't interpret what he said as anti-Patriot'.
Ability to Interpret Homebuyer's Vision is Key to Unique Outdoor Living Spaces.
The US Army Corps of Engineers invites the public to attend a variety of ranger and guest speaker interpretive programs throughout the summer, Dworshak Dam and Reservoir staff recently announced.
During the months of February and March, the Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site will expand its scheduled programming to provide interpretive offerings on Saturdays at 11:30 am and 1:30 p.m.
Interpretive Center Outlines Lewis' Creative Process.

In science:

Following earlier interpretations of nebular line ratios in the optical, we interpret infrared ionic lines within the framework of fast (Vs > 100 km s−1 ) ionizing shocks.
Powerful H$_2$ Line-cooling in Stephan's Quintet : I - Mapping the Significant Cooling Pathways in Group-wide Shocks
It follows that this interpretation of z0 extends as well to this negative interval and coincides, there, with its other interpretations given in this section.
Caustics, counting maps and semi-classical asymptotics
Their interpretation via (B, B) strings amounts to their interpretation as commuting holomorphic differential operators on M, as explained in detail in section 11 of .
The Omega Deformation, Branes, Integrability, and Liouville Theory
The whole issue is therefore interpretation dependent; our discussion here stays within the same standard interpretational framework adopted by most recent discussions about the individuality of identical particles.
How Classical Particles Emerge From the Quantum World
Interpretation An automaton A is interpreted by a process [[ automaton x A]]rt parameterized by its parent trigger and reset signals.
Polychronous Interpretation of Synoptic, a Domain Specific Modeling Language for Embedded Flight-Software