Hypertext Webster Gateway: "interpretation"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Interpretation \In*ter`pre*ta"tion\, n. [L. interpretatio: cf.
F. interpr['e]tation.]
1. The act of interpreting; explanation of what is obscure;
translation; version; construction; as, the interpretation
of a foreign language, of a dream, or of an enigma.

Look how we can, or sad or merrily, Interpretation
will misquote our looks. --Shak.

2. The sense given by an interpreter; exposition or
explanation given; meaning; as, commentators give various
interpretations of the same passage of Scripture.

3. The power or explaining. [R.] --Bacon.

4. (Fine Arts) An artist's way of expressing his thought or
embodying his conception of nature.

5. (Math.) The act or process of applying general principles
or formul[ae] to the explanation of the results obtained
in special cases.

Syn: Explanation; solution; translation; version; sense;
exposition; rendering; definition.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a mental representation of the meaning or significance of
something [syn: {reading}, {version}]
2: the act of interpreting something as expressed in an
artistic performance [syn: {rendition}, {rendering}]
3: an explanation resulting from interpreting something
4: an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious;
"the edict was subject to many interpretations"; "he
annoyed us with his interpreting of parables" [syn: {interpreting},
{rendition}, {rendering}]

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