AskDefine | Define interchange

Dictionary Definition



1 a junction of highways on different levels that permits traffic to move from one to another without crossing traffic streams
2 mutual interaction; the activity of interchanging or reciprocating [syn: reciprocation, give-and-take]
3 reciprocal transfer of equivalent sums of money especially the currencies of different countries; "he earns his living from the interchange of currency" [syn: exchange]


1 give to, and receive from, one another; "Would you change places with me?"; "We have been exchanging letters for a year" [syn: exchange, change]
2 cause to change places; "interchange this screw for one of a smaller size" [syn: counterchange, transpose]
3 reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action) [syn: tack, switch, alternate, flip, flip-flop]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (verb):
    • (RP): ĭntəchānj', /ɪntəˈtʃeɪndʒ/, /Int@"tSeIndZ/
    • (US): ĭntərchānj', /ɪntɚˈtʃeɪndʒ/, /Int@`"tSeIndZ/
  • (noun):
    • (RP): ĭn'təchānj, /ˈɪntətʃeɪndʒ/, /"Int@tSeIndZ/
    • (US): ĭn'tərchānj, /ˈɪntɚtʃeɪndʒ/, /"Int@`tSeIndZ/


  1. to switch (each of two things)
  2. to mutually give and receive (something); to exchange
  3. to swap or change places
  4. to alternate


  1. an act of interchanging
  2. a highway intersection or junction in which traffic may change from one road to another without crossing a stream of traffic


highway intersection

Extensive Definition

An interchange is a location where two things meet, usually perform some kind of exchange, and possibly go on their ways again. It is used in a number of different contexts. Interchange may refer to:


Computers and Communication

  • Interchange (software), an open source ecommerce application server (advanced solution for building customized webshops).
  • Electronic Data Interchange, the computer-to-computer exchange of business data in a standard format
  • Peripheral Interchange Program, software to enable computers to exchange files
  • ASCII, the American Standard Code for Information Interchange
  • Time Slot Interchange, a digital technique for switching whereby data in a particular time slot on the incoming port is put on a different time slot on the outgoing port
  • Interchange circuit, a circuit that facilitates the exchange of data and signaling information
  • Interchange File Format, a generic file format that eases the transfer of data between different pieces of software


  • Interchange (Australian rules football), in Australian rules football, refers to a group of players in a sporting team that can be substituted into a match, replacing players coming off the ground
  • Interchange (banking), the money paid from the Acquirer to the debit or credit card issuer for every transaction
  • Interchange fee, the fee that a merchant's bank pays a customer's bank when merchants accept cards using card networks as payments
  • Interchange Group, a company in the UK which sell Mobile and Remote working solutions
  • Interchange of limiting operations, the commutativity of certain mathematical operations such as limits, derivatives, and integrals

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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