Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Interpose"

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

Interpose \In`ter*pose"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Interposed}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Interposing}.] [F. interposer. See {Inter-},
and {Pose}, v. t.]
1. To place between; as, to interpose a screen between the
eye and the light.

Mountains interposed Make enemies of nations.

2. To thrust; to intrude; to between, either for aid or for

What watchful cares do interpose themselves Betwixt
your eyes and night? --Shak.

The common Father of mankind seasonably interposed
his hand, and rescues miserable man. --Woodward.

3. To introduce or inject between the parts of a conversation
or argument. --Milton.

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

Interpose \In`ter*pose"\, v. i.
1. To be or come between.

Long hid by interposing hill or wood. --Cowper.

2. To step in between parties at variance; to mediate; as,
the prince interposed and made peace. --Pope.

3. To utter a sentiment by way of interruption. --Boyle.

Syn: To intervene; intercede; mediate; interfere;

Usage: To {Interpose}, {Intermeddle}, {Interfere}. A man may
often interpose with propriety in the concerns of
others; he can never intermeddle without being
impertinent or officious; nor can be interfere without
being liable to the same charge, unless he has rights
which are interfered with. ``In our practical use,
interference is something offensive. It is the pushing
in of himself between two parties on the part of a
third who was not asked, and is not thanked for his
pains, and who, as the feeling of the word implies,
had no business there; while interposition is employed
to express the friendly, peacemaking mediation of one
whom the act well became, and who, even if he was not
specially invited thereunto, is still thanked for what
he has done.'' --Trench.

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

Interpose \In"ter*pose\, n.
Interposition. [Obs.]

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

v 1: be or come between; "An interposing thicket blocked their
2: introduce; "God interposed death"
3: to insert between other elements: "She interjected clever
remarks." [syn: {interject}, {come in}, {put in}, {throw
in}, {inject}]
4: get involved, usually so as to hinder or halt an action;
"Why did the U.S. not intervene earlier in WW II?" [syn: {intervene},
{step in}, {interfere}]

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