Meaning of interpolation

in•ter•po•la•tion

Pronunciation: (in-tûr"pu-lā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the act or process of interpolating or the state of being interpolated.
  2. something interpolated, as a passage introduced into a text.
    1. the process of determining the value of a function between two points at which it has prescribed values.
    2. a similar process using more than two points at which the function has prescribed values.
    3. the process of approximating a given function by using its values at a discrete set of points.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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