|Adj.||1.||interactive - used especially of drugs or muscles that work together so the total effect is greater than the sum of the two (or more)|
|2.||interactive - capable of acting on or influencing each other|
|1.||INTERACTIVE - A network simulation language.|
["Design and Implementation of a Pascal Based Interactive Network Simulation Language", R. Lakshmanan, PhD Thesis, Oakland U, Rochester MI 1983].
|2.||(programming)||interactive - A term describing a program whose input and
output are interleaved, like a conversation, allowing the
user's input to depend on earlier output from the same run.|
The interaction with the user is usually conducted through either a text-based interface or a graphical user interface. Other kinds of interface, e.g. using speech recognition and/or speech synthesis, are also possible.
This is in contrast to batch processing where all the input is prepared before the program runs and so cannot depend on the program's output.