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INTERFERENCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does interference mean? 

INTERFERENCE (noun)
  The noun INTERFERENCE has 5 senses:

1. a policy of intervening in the affairs of other countries
2. the act of hindering or obstructing or impeding
3. electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication
4. (American football) blocking a player's path with your body
5. any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome

  Familiarity information: INTERFERENCE used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


INTERFERENCE (noun)


Sense 1interference [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A policy of intervening in the affairs of other countries

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

interference; intervention

Hypernyms ("interference" is a kind of...):

foreign policy (a policy governing international relations)

Antonym:

noninterference (a foreign policy of staying out of other countries' disputes)


Sense 2interference [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of hindering or obstructing or impeding

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

interference; hinderance; hindrance

Hypernyms ("interference" is a kind of...):

act; human action; human activity (something that people do or cause to happen)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "interference"):

foiling; frustration; thwarting (an act of hindering someone's plans or efforts)

antagonism ((biochemistry) interference in or inhibition of the physiological action of a chemical substance by another having a similar structure)

obstruction (the act of obstructing)

complication (the act or process of complicating)

deterrence (the act or process of discouraging actions or preventing occurrences by instilling fear or doubt or anxiety)

bar; prevention (the act of preventing)


Sense 3interference [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

interference; noise; disturbance

Hypernyms ("interference" is a kind of...):

trouble (an event causing distress or pain)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "interference"):

clutter (unwanted echoes that interfere with the observation of signals on a radar screen)

background; background signal (extraneous signals that can be confused with the phenomenon to be observed or measured)

crosstalk; XT (the presence of an unwanted signal via an accidental coupling)

fadeout (a gradual temporary loss of a transmitted signal due to electrical disturbances)

jitter (small rapid variations in a waveform resulting from fluctuations in the voltage supply or mechanical vibrations or other sources)

atmospheric static; atmospherics; static (a crackling or hissing noise cause by electrical interference)


Sense 4interference [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(American football) blocking a player's path with your body

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

he ran interference for the quarterback

Hypernyms ("interference" is a kind of...):

block; blocking (the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements)

Domain category:

American football; American football game (a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays)


Sense 5interference [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

preventive; hinderance; hindrance; preventative; incumbrance; encumbrance; interference; hitch

Hypernyms ("interference" is a kind of...):

impediment; impedimenta; obstructer; obstruction; obstructor (any structure that makes progress difficult)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "interference"):

speed bump (a hindrance to speeding created by a crosswise ridge in the surface of a roadway)

clog (any object that acts as a hindrance or obstruction)


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