1874, "a plane surface regarded as the common boundary of two bodies," from inter- + face (n.). Modern use is perhaps a c. 1960 re-coinage; McLuhan used it in the sense "place of interaction between two systems" (1962) and the computer sense "apparatus to connect two devices" is from 1964. As a verb from 1967. Related: Interfaced; interfacing.
updated on March 09, 2016
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