Interfere In`ter*fere", v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Interfered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Interfering}.] [OF. entreferir to strike each other; entre between (L. inter) + OF. ferir to strike, F. f['e]rir, fr. L. ferire. See {Ferula}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To come in collision; to be in opposition; to clash; -- usually used with with; as, interfering claims, or commands; workers in a crowded shop may interfere with each other's activity. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. To enter into, or take a part in, the concerns of others; to intermeddle; to interpose; -- used with in or with; as, to interfere with the way I raise my children. [1913 Webster +PJC]

To interfere with party disputes. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

There was no room for anyone to interfere with his own opinions. --Bp. Warburton. [1913 Webster]

3. To strike one foot against the opposite foot or ankle in using the legs; -- sometimes said of a human being, but usually of a horse; as, the horse interferes. [1913 Webster]

4. (Physics) To act reciprocally, so as to augment, diminish, or otherwise affect one another; -- said of waves, rays of light, heat, etc. See {Interference}, 2. [1913 Webster]

5. (Patent Law) To cover the same ground; to claim the same invention; as, to interfere with another patent. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To interpose; intermeddle. See {Interpose}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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