• IPA: /ɪn.ˈtɜɹ.pə.ˌleɪt/

interpolate (interpolates, present participle interpolating; past and past participle interpolated)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To introduce (something) between other things; especially to insert (possibly spurious) words into a text.
    in verse 74, the second line is clearly interpolated
  2. (mathematics) To estimate the value of a function between two points between which it is tabulated.
  3. (computing) During the course of processing some data, and in response to a directive in that data, to fetch data from a different source and process it in-line along with the original data.
    • Joseph F. Ossanna, Nroff/Troff User's manual
      A macro is invoked in the same way as a request; a control line beginning .xx will interpolate the contents of macro xx.
    • Wall, Christiansen, and Orwant, Programming Perl, 3rd Edition, 2000, p. 992.
      In Perl, variable interpolation happens in double-quoted strings and patterns, and list interpolation occurs when constructing the list of values to pass to a list operator or other such construct that takes a LIST.
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  • Russian: интерполировать

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