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[n] the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance
[n] an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious; "the edict was subject to many interpretations"; "he annoyed us with his interpreting of parables"
[n] a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something
[n] an explanation that results from interpreting something; "the report included his interpretation of the forensic evidence"

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\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.

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