Definition of interlock in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪntəˈlɒk/
[no object]
1(Of two or more things) engage with each other by overlapping or by the fitting together of projections and recesses: their fingers interlocked (as adjective interlocking) a design of interlocking leaves
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  • The two swords interlocked with each other, creating a double-edged blade.
  • Her uncle looked at his little niece, her face flashing orange and green and her fingers interlocking in awkwardness.
  • Their fingers interlocked lovingly as he stared into her eyes.
engage, interconnect, interlink, mesh, intermesh, fit together, join together, join, unite, connect, yoke, mate, couple
1.1 [with object] Lock or join (things) together: the two planes were almost interlocked as they climbed together
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  • The self-climbing scaffolds are interlocked and climb together.
  • The spicules are interlocked or joined to form the shell wall.
  • The loom's upper beam is then pulled down, to interlock the threads together.


Pronunciation: /ˈɪntəlɒk/
1A device or mechanism for connecting or coordinating the function of different components: a safety interlock to stop the blades spinning
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  • We couldn't do this to both engines because a mechanical interlock prevents moving both condition levers to feather.
  • The bladder is blow molded over the frame with mechanical interlocks, formed in the molding process, holding the structure together.
  • These dumbwaiters are designed much like a standard elevator, with built-in safety brakes and safety interlocks that prevent operation if any door is open.
2 (also interlock fabric) [mass noun] A fabric knitted with closely interlocking stitches allowing it to stretch: a dress in soft interlock [count noun]: a cotton interlock in black or plum
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  • Made of 100% combed cotton interlock fabric, it has cap sleeves and a round neck.
  • For lettucing or ruffling, choose a fabric that has crosswise stretch, such as a cotton/spandex blend, cotton interlock or ribbing.
  • Is it possible to dye cotton interlock successfully?



Example sentences
  • Twenty-four of these interlockers were installed between 1924 and 1929.

Words that rhyme with interlock

ad hoc, amok, Bangkok, baroque, belle époque, bloc, block, bock, brock, chock, chock-a-block, clock, doc, dock, floc, flock, frock, hock, hough, jock, knock, langue d'oc, lock, Locke, Médoc, mock, nock, o'clock, pock, post hoc, roc, rock, schlock, shock, smock, sock, Spock, stock, wok, yapok

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