Etymology
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interference (n.)

1783, "intermeddling," from interfere on model of difference, etc. In physics, in reference to the mutual action of waves on each other, from 1802, coined in this sense by English scientist Dr. Thomas Young (1773-1829). Telephoning (later broadcasting) sense is from 1887. In chess from 1913; in U.S. football from 1894.

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Definitions of interference

interference (n.)
a policy of intervening in the affairs of other countries;
Synonyms: intervention
interference (n.)
the act of hindering or obstructing or impeding;
Synonyms: hindrance / hinderance
interference (n.)
electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication;
Synonyms: noise / disturbance
interference (n.)
(American football) blocking a player's path with your body;
he ran interference for the quarterback
interference (n.)
any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome;
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