Operation vs Interface - What's the difference?

operation | interface |

As nouns the difference between operation and interface

is that operation is the method by which a device performs its function while interface is the point of interconnection between entities.

As a verb interface is

to construct an interface for, to connect through an interface.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(en noun)
  • The method by which a device performs its function.
  • It is dangerous to look at the beam of a laser while it is in operation .
  • The method or practice by which actions are done.
  • The act or process of operating; agency; the exertion of power, physical, mechanical, or moral.
  • * John Locke
  • The pain and sickness caused by manna are the effects of its operation on the stomach.
  • * Dryden
  • Speculative painting, without the assistance of manual operation , can never attain to perfection.
  • A planned undertaking.
  • The police ran an operation to get vagrants off the streets.
    The ''Katrina'' relief operation was considered botched.
  • A business or organization.
  • We run our operation from a storefront.
    They run a multinational produce-supply operation .
  • (medicine) a surgical procedure.
  • She had an operation to remove her appendix.
  • (computing, logic, mathematics) a procedure for generating a value from one or more other values (the operands).
  • (military) a military campaign (e.g. )
  • (obsolete) Effect produced; influence.
  • * Fuller
  • The bards had great operation on the vulgar.


    * (mathematics) * (mathematics)

    Derived terms

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    (en noun)
  • The point of interconnection between entities.
  • Public relations firms often serve as the interface between a company and the press.
  • (chemistry, physics) A thin layer or boundary between different substances or two phases of a single substance.
  • If water and oil are mixed together, they tend to separate, and at equilibrium they are in different strata with an oil-water interface in between.
    The surface of a lake is a water-air interface .
  • (computing) The point of interconnection between systems or subsystems.
  • The data is sent over the air interface to the remote system.
  • (computing) The connection between a user and a machine.
  • The options are selected via the user interface .
  • (computing, object-oriented) The connection between parts of software.
  • This interface is implemented by several Java classes.
  • (computing, object-oriented) In object-oriented programming, a piece of code defining a set of operations that other code must implement.
  • The Audio and Video classes both implement the IPlayable interface .

    Derived terms

    * abstract interface * generic interface * marker interface * network interface * user interface


  • to construct an interface for, to connect through an interface
  • to be an interface, to be into an interface