When your favorite band covers a classic tune, their version is their interpretation — their translation — of the music. Is it better than the original? That's up for interpretation.
Interpretation is the act of explaining, reframing, or otherwise showing your own understanding of something. A person who translates one language into another is called an interpreter because they are explaining what a person is saying to someone who doesn't understand. Interpretation requires you to first understand the piece of music, text, language, or idea, and then give your explanation of it. A computer may produce masses of data, but it will require your interpretation of the data for people to understand it.
n the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance
n an explanation that results from interpreting something
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a systematic interpretation or explanation (usually written) of a specific topic
an interpretation of the meaning of something; the act of construing
clarification, elucidation, illumination
an interpretation that removes obstacles to understanding
personal interpretation of a text (especially of the Bible) using your own ideas
an explanation or critical interpretation (especially of the Bible)
the endeavor of a Moslem scholar to derive a rule of divine law from the Koran and Hadith without relying on the views of other scholars; by the end of the 10th century theologians decided that debate on such matters would be closed and Muslim theology and law were frozen
an interpretation based on the exact wording
an interpretation of a matter from a particular viewpoint
a particular interpretation or performance
an interpretation of a text or action
an interpretation formed by piecing together bits of evidence
an interpretation that easily understandable and acceptable
misinterpretation, mistaking, misunderstanding
putting the wrong interpretation on
the exposition (often superficially) of a particular philosophy
an imprecise or incomplete account
clarification that follows from the removal of ambiguity
a strictly literal interpretation (as distinct from the intention)
a very embarrassing misunderstanding
a kind of misinterpretation resulting from putting a wrong construction on words or actions (often deliberately)
misinterpretation caused by inaccurate reading
n an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious
broad interpretation, judicial activism
an interpretation of the U.S. constitution holding that the spirit of the times and the needs of the nation can legitimately influence judicial decisions (particularly decisions of the Supreme Court)
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thought that makes something comprehensible