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  1. Concern; advantage; good; as, private interest; public interest. Divisions hinder the common interest and public good. Temple.
  2. Influence over others. They had now lost their interest at court. He knew his interest sufficient to procure the office. Rambler.
  3. Share; portion; part; participation in value. He has parted with his interest in the stocks. He has an interest in a manufactory of cotton goods.
  4. Regard to private profit. 'Tis interest calls off all her sneaking train. Pope.
  5. Premium paid for the use of money; the profit per cent. derived from money lent, or property used by another person, or from debts remaining unpaid. Commercial states have a legal rate of interest. Debts on book bear an interest after the expiration of the credit. Courts allow interest in many cases where it is not stipulated. A higher rate of interest than that which the law allows, is called usury. Simple interest is that which arises from the principal sum only. Compound interest is that which arises from the principal with the interest added; interest on interest.
  6. Any surplus advantage. With all speed, / You shall have your desires with interest. Shak.

IN'TER-EST, v.t. [Fr. interesser; It. interessare; Sp. interesar; L. inter and esse.]

  1. To concern; to affect; to excite emotion or passion, usually in favor, but sometimes against a person or thing. A narration of suffering interests us in favor of the sufferer. We are interested in the story or in the fate of the sufferer. We are interested to know the result, issue or event of an enterprise. It is followed by in or for. We are interested in the narration, but for the sufferer.
  2. To give a share in. Christ by his atonement, has interested believers in the blessings of the covenant of grace.
  3. To have a share. We are not all interested in the public funds, but we are all interested in the happiness of a free government.
  4. To engage; as, to interest one in our favor. To interest one's self, is to take a share or concern in.


  1. Made a sharer; as, one interested in the funds.
  2. Affected; moved; having the passions excited; as, one interested by a story.
  3. adj. Having an interest; concerned in a cause or in consequences; liable to be affected; as, an interested witness.


  1. Giving a share or concern; as, by interesting one in a voyage, or in a banking company.
  2. Engaging the affections; as, by interesting a person in one's favor.
  3. adj. Engaging the attention or curiosity; exciting or adapted to excite emotions or passions; as, an interesting story.

IN-TER-FERE', v.i. [L. inter and fero, to bear, or ferio, to strike.]

  1. To interpose; to intermeddle; to enter into or take a part in the concerns of others. It is prudence not to interfere in party disputes, but from necessity.
  2. To clash; to come in collision; to be in opposition. The claims of two nations may interfere.
  3. A horse is said to interfere, when one hoof or shoe strikes against the fetlock of the opposite leg, and breaks the skin or injures the flesh. Far. Dict.


  1. Interposed; meddled.
  2. Clashed.
  3. Struck one foot against the fetlock of the opposite leg.


  1. Interposition; an intermeddling; mediation. Burke.
  2. A clashing or collision.
  3. A striking of one foot against the other.


One who interferes.


Interference. Bp. Butler.


  1. Interposing; meddling.
  2. Clashing; coming in collision.
  3. Striking one foot against the fetlock of the opposite. Bluegie.


By interference.

IN-TER'FLU-ENT, or IN-TER'FLU-OUS, a. [L. interfluo; inter and fluo, to, flow.]

Flowing between. Boyle.

IN-TER-FO-LI-A'CEOUS, a. [L. inter and folium, a leaf.]

Being between opposite leaves, but placed alternately with them; as, interfoliaceous flowers or peduncles. Martyn.


To interweave. Evelyn.

IN-TER-FULG'ENT, a. [L. inter and fulgens, shining.]

Shining between. Johnson.

IN-TER-FUS'ED, a. [s as z. L. interfusus; inter and fundo, to pour.]

Poured or spread between. The ambient air, wide interfused, / Embracing round this florid earth. Milton.

IN'TER-IM, n. [L.]

The mean time; time intervening. Tatler.


A decree of the Emperor Charles V., by which he intended to reduce to harmony the conflicting opinions of the Protestants and Romanists.

IN-TE'RI-OR, a. [L. comp. formed from inter or intra, in or within.]

  1. Internal; being within any limits, inclosure or substance; inner; opposed to exterior or superficial; as, the interior apartments of a house; the interior ornaments; the interior surface of a hollow ball; the interior parts of the earth.
  2. Inland; remote from the limits, frontier or shore; as, the interior parts of a country, state or kingdom.


  1. The internal part of a thing; the inside.
  2. The inland part of a country, state or kingdom.

IN-TER-JA'CEN-CY, n. [L. interjacens; inter and jacens, lying.]

  1. A lying between; a being between; intervention; as, the interjacency of the Tweed between England and Scotland. Hale.
  2. That which lies between. [Little used.] Brown.

IN-TER-JA'CENT, a. [L. interjacens, supra.]

Lying or being between; intervening; as, interjacent isles. Ralegh.

IN-TER-JECT', v.t. [L. interjicio; inter and jacio, to throw.]

To throw between; to throw in between other things; to insert. A circumstance – may be interjected even between a relative word and that to which it relates. Encyc.


Thrown in or inserted between.


Throwing in or inserting between.