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 for interpreter
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Interpreter \In*ter"pret*er\, n. [Cf. OF. entrepreteur, L.
     interpretator.]
     One who or that which interprets, explains, or expounds; a
     translator; especially, a person who translates orally
     between two parties.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           We think most men's actions to be the interpreters of
           their thoughts.                          --Locke.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  interpreter
      n 1: someone who mediates between speakers of different
           languages [syn: interpreter, translator]
      2: someone who uses art to represent something; "his paintings
         reveal a sensitive interpreter of nature"; "she was famous as
         an interpreter of Shakespearean roles"
      3: an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose;
         "the meeting was attended by spokespersons for all the major
         organs of government" [syn: spokesperson, interpreter,
         representative, voice]
      4: (computer science) a program that translates and executes
         source language statements one line at a time [syn:
         interpreter, interpretive program]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  52 Moby Thesaurus words for "interpreter":
     allegorist, annotator, artist, artiste, cicerone, clarifier,
     commentator, concert artist, critic, cryptanalyst, cryptographer,
     cryptologist, decoder, definer, demonstrator, demythologizer,
     diaskeuast, dragoman, editor, emendator, emender, euhemerist,
     executant, exegesist, exegete, exegetist, explainer, explicator,
     exponent, expositor, expounder, go-between, guide, hermeneut,
     lexicographer, maestro, metaphrast, minstrel, minstrelsy,
     music maker, musician, oneirocritic, paraphrast, performer, player,
     scholiast, soloist, textual critic, translator, tunester, virtuosa,
     virtuoso
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  interpreter
  interpreted
  
      A program which executes other programs.  This
     is in contrast to a compiler which does not execute its
     input program (the "{source code") but translates it into
     executable "{machine code" (also called "{object code}")
     which is output to a file for later execution.  It may be
     possible to execute the same source code either directly by an
     interpreter or by compiling it and then executing the machine
     code produced.
  
     It takes longer to run a program under an interpreter than to
     run the compiled code but it can take less time to interpret
     it than the total required to compile and run it.  This is
     especially important when prototyping and testing code when an
     edit-interpret-debug cycle can often be much shorter than an
     edit-compile-run-debug cycle.
  
     Interpreting code is slower than running the compiled code
     because the interpreter must analyse each statement in the
     program each time it is executed and then perform the desired
     action whereas the compiled code just performs the action.
     This run-time analysis is known as "interpretive overhead".
     Access to variables is also slower in an interpreter because
     the mapping of identifiers to storage locations must be done
     repeatedly at run time rather than at compile time.
  
     There are various compromises between the development speed
     when using an interpreter and the execution speed when using a
     compiler.  Some systems (e.g. some Lisps) allow interpreted
     and compiled code to call each other and to share variables.
     This means that once a routine has been tested and debugged
     under the interpreter it can be compiled and thus benefit from
     faster execution while other routines are being developed.
     Many interpreters do not execute the source code as it stands
     but convert it into some more compact internal form.  For
     example, some BASIC interpreters replace keywords with
     single byte tokens which can be used to index into a jump
     table.  An interpreter might well use the same lexical
     analyser and parser as the compiler and then interpret the
     resulting abstract syntax tree.
  
     There is thus a spectrum of possibilities between interpreting
     and compiling, depending on the amount of analysis performed
     before the program is executed.  For example Emacs Lisp is
     compiled to "{byte-code" which is a highly compressed and
     optimised representation of the Lisp source but is not machine
     code (and therefore not tied to any particular hardware).
     This "compiled" code is then executed (interpreted) by a byte
     code interpreter (itself written in C).  The compiled code
     in this case is machine code for a virtual machine which
     is implemented not in hardware but in the byte-code
     interpreter.
  
     See also partial evaluation.
  
     (1995-01-30)
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  INTERPRETER. One employed to make a translation. (q v.)
       2. An interpreter should be sworn before he translates the testimony of 
  a witness. 4 Mass. 81; 5 Mass. 219; 2 Caines' Rep. 155. 
       3. A person employed between an attorney and client to act as 
  interpreter, is considered merely as the organ between them, and is not 
  bound to testify as to what be has acquired in those confidential 
  communications. 1 Pet. C. C. R.. 356; 4 Munf. R. 273; 1 Wend. R. 337. Vide 
  Confidential Communications. 
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  INTERPRETER, n.  One who enables two persons of different languages to
  understand each other by repeating to each what it would have been to
  the interpreter's advantage for the other to have said.
  

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