extrapolate


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

extrapolate

(ĕks″tră′pō-lāt″)
To infer a point between two given, or known, points on a graph or progression. Thus, if an infant weighed 20 lb at a certain age and 4 months later weighed 23 lb, it could be inferred that at a point halfway between the two time periods, the infant might have weighed 21.5 lb.

extrapolate (ekstrap´ōlāt),

v to infer values beyond the observable range from an observed trend of variables; to project by inference into the unexplored.
References in periodicals archive ?
Based on previous estimates that suggested that the ratio of illnesses to hospitalizations to deaths for nontyphoidal salmonellosis is roughly 2,426 to 28 to 1 (1), our estimate extrapolates to [approximately equal to]2,000 hospitalizations and 70 deaths.
Tracey Woodruff, one of the authors of the original study on which the Environmental Working Group based its own statements, said the methodology ``looks reasonable,'' but said she and her research partners opted not to extrapolate statistics based on their findings.
We should not extrapolate too much from this, as in Russia, it's important to distinguish government policies towards projects that are viewed as strategic [such as Sakhalin] and those that are viewed as being significantly less important.
Cole and Arundel reasoned that if they could determine an ancient temperature within the canyon, they could extrapolate to the temperature at the rim and in the surrounding area.
Once the card can be forced to make even a small calculating error, the researchers said that a mathematical formula they derived could use this error to extrapolate the secret data that authenticates the card when it is inserted in a merchant's card reader.
To monitor urban air quality, environmental agencies typically measure pollutant concentrations in samples collected at centralized outdoor locations and extrapolate individuals' average exposures from those measurements.
stated, "In today's marketplace most blood banks operate at a loss every year having to extrapolate eight different tests per donor that arrives at their centers.
Thus, it is critical to improve animal models of thyroid disruption as well as advance our ability to extrapolate animal data to human risk.