Interface Definition & Meaning

(n.)A boundary across which two independent systems meet and act on or communicate with each other. In computer technology, there are several types of interfaces.

  • user interface – the keyboard, mouse, menus of a computer system. The user interface allows the user to communicate with the operating system. Also see GUI.
  • software interface – the languages and codes that the applications use to communicate with each other and with the hardware.
  • hardware interface – the wires, plugs and sockets that hardware devices use to communicate with each other.

(v.) To connect with or interact with by means of an interface.

Vangie Beal
Vangie Beal
Vangie Beal is a freelance business and technology writer covering Internet technologies and online business since the late '90s.

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