A Word A Day : Extrapolate
Word of 25th April 2007: A Word A Day-Extrapolate
(ik STRAP uh LATE) v: to project or deduce from some-thing known, to infer
George’s estimates were extrapolated from last year’s data. He simply took all the old numbers and doubled them.
Jacob came up with a probable recipe by extrapolating from the taste of the cookies he had eaten at the store.
By extrapolating from a handful of pottery fragments, the archaeologists formed a possible picture of the ancient civilization.
To extrapolate, a scientist uses the facts he has to project to facts outside.
To interpolate, he tries to fill the gaps within his data.
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