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1The action of interfering or the process of being interfered with.‘concerns about government interference in church life’[count noun] ‘an unwarranted interference with personal liberty’
intrusion, intervention, intercession, involvement, impinging, encroaching, trespass, trespassing, obtrusionView synonyms
- ‘What he doesn't count on, however, is the resolve of the children, or the numerous interferences from the likes of Uncle Monty and Aunt Josephine.’
- ‘Buses and two wheeled vehicles would also benefit as the curbside lane becomes available to them without interference from pedestrians and slow vehicles.’
- ‘From the control tower, the traffic was clear and there were no signs of interference or alerts.’
- ‘He obviously wasn't used to this many interferences.’
- ‘Because of these findings we decided to design an assessment without possible interferences between the cognitive and metacognitive processes.’
- ‘We're determined not to allow outside interferences to bother us, but the high profile will be great for curling.’
- ‘He makes it clear this applies as long as there is no outside interference.’
- ‘This is an experiment and I intend to carry it out perfectly without any outer interferences!’
- ‘The Austrians, on the whole, believe unemployment is caused by governmental interferences which cause wage-rates to exceed labor's marginal productivity.’
- ‘This legislation makes it clear that that sort of ministerial interference cannot occur again.’
- ‘Behind it, corporate power could operate free from legal interference.’
- ‘Such choppy interferences told them an island was beyond their sight.’
- ‘Largely they are smart, know what they are doing, and can surely handle their lives independently and successfully without such interferences at least.’
- ‘He predicted: ‘Over the years, unique professional traditions and qualities come into being, which will give judges the strength and the power to ward off outside interferences.’’
- ‘The prime minister said: ‘The Home Office have already made it clear that no political interference has taken place in this case.’’
- ‘They are actually quite accurate, as long as you don't have interferences to deal with.’
- ‘They knew interference when they saw it, and made sure to let Scott know how unhappy they were.’
- ‘The literature supplied with these machines mentions potential interference by other reductants.’
- ‘Wireless networks are subject to interference that can slow the system down.’
- ‘Such a limitation is well-defined, leaving central institutions, independent and free of outside interferences.’
- 1.1American Football
The legal blocking of an opponent to clear a way for the ball carrier.
- ‘Hamilton did hit Lewis, but pass interference is legal behind the line of scrimmage.’
- 1.2(in ice hockey and other sports) the illegal hindering of an opponent not in possession of the puck or ball.
- ‘The NHL should be applauded for yet another crackdown on obstruction and interference, which have damaged the entertainment value of the game severely.’
- ‘Obstruction and interference continue to infest the expansion-crazed NHL, but Roberts, Corson and Tucker can muck it up.’
- ‘The officials might be losing a little of that focus on obstruction and interference, but it doesn't mean the effect has been lost completely.’
- ‘The NHL sent a video to each training camp so players could see what will not be allowed in the crackdown on interference and obstruction.’
- ‘The GAA has allowed physical interference off the ball as part of the game.’
The combination of two or more electromagnetic waveforms to form a resultant wave in which the displacement is either reinforced or cancelled.
- ‘Electromagnetic interference occurs in two forms: conducted and radiated.’
- ‘All wires should be labeled, shielded from electromagnetic interference, and out of the way.’
- ‘In this case, the destructive interference occurs for waves traveling in most directions, but not for those ultimately heading toward the focal point.’
- ‘On the detecting screen we see a picture identical to one which is obtained from interference of waves.’
- ‘Atomic beams can act like light waves and exhibit all of the classic wave effects, like interference and refraction.’
- 2.1The fading or disturbance of received radio signals caused by unwanted signals from other sources, such as unshielded electrical equipment, or broadcasts from other channels.
- ‘Every time you start your car ignition it causes interference to the radio band - so it's a very confusing technical issue.’
- ‘The radio crackled with interference and she switched it off.’
- ‘That didn't solve the problem; stations as far as 150 miles from one another suffered interference if they broadcast on the same channel.’
- ‘It is unlikely to be the result of any obvious radio interference or noise, and does not bear the hallmark of any known astronomical object.’
- ‘As a practical matter, all broadcast communication requires some public regulation to limit signal interference that could frustrate all such activity.’
- ‘When the transmission encounters a disturbance due to interference, the packet will simply be retransmitted on a different channel.’
- ‘The funding will also support research into broadband radio observations such as how to eliminate radio frequency interference.’
- ‘Originally draped in thick layers of glitches, radio interference and distorted noises, the title track eventually emerges as the most upbeat moment on here.’
- ‘This not only includes the new WiFi devices, but microwave ovens and other appliances that cause radio interference.’
- ‘This is a particularly apt description, which conjures up the image of a radio whose reception is disrupted by some outside source of interference.’
- ‘This makes wireless networks more immune to interference from other radio signals than if they transmitted on a single frequency.’
- ‘The digital output eliminates noise caused by such interference by keeping the signal in digital form throughout.’
- ‘A constant priority for the agency is silencing stations that cause radio interference.’
- ‘The next time you experience hum, buzz, radio or television interference, attach a snap-on ferrite clamshell to the cable where it goes into a device.’
- ‘Broadcasters are worried about interference.’
- ‘The said equipment must not cause interference to others.’
- ‘It sounds like interference from a nearby radio station, but it is more likely to be the effect of a ‘leaky’ mike among the production crew.’
- ‘However, they are subject to many sources of radio frequency type interference.’
- ‘If you do encounter some wireless interference, just change channels and you should be fine.’
- ‘The rest of the signals, and quite possibly all of them, would prove to be the result of random noise or radio frequency interference.’
Mid 18th century: from interfere, on the pattern of words such as difference.
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