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interlace Line breaks: inter|lace
Pronunciation: /ɪntəˈleɪs/

Definition of interlace in English:


1Cross or be crossed intricately together; interweave: [with object]: Jane interlaced her fingers to form a cup (as adjective interlacing) closely interlacing branches
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  • For a moment, she was afraid he was going to reject her until she felt his hand covering hers, interlacing their fingers together.
  • She interlaced her gloved fingers together around the soup, whatever it was, allowing the steam to rise up and touch her face.
  • I snake my arm behind your neck and interlace my fingers together.
1.1 [with object] (interlace something with) Mingle or intersperse something with: discussion interlaced with esoteric mathematics
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  • It is an association of place and memory that draws him to interlace the past with the present.
  • But the childhood stories are interlaced with more recent remembrances.
  • This time we listened to speeches by university administrators and church officials who spoke of the essential relationship between faith and learning, interlacing their talks with references to the mandatum.
1.2 [with object] Electronics Scan (a video image) in such a way that alternate lines form one sequence which is followed by the other lines in a second sequence: (as adjective interlaced) interlaced displays
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  • An input video signal of an interlaced scan format passes through an MCI block, an EDI block, and a line averaging interpolation block, respectively.
  • Analog televisions, for example, interlace frames to create the appearance of 30 frames-per-second resolution.
  • I tried switching between progressive and interlaced modes, and saw the TV do its reconfiguration flash, but the text jittered in both modes.


Late Middle English: from Old French entrelacier, from entre- 'between' + lacier 'to lace'.



Pronunciation: /ˌɪntəˈleɪsm(ə)nt/

Words that rhyme with interlace

abase, ace, apace, backspace, base, bass, brace, case, chase, dace, efface, embrace, encase, enchase, enlace, face, grace, interspace, in-your-face, lace, mace, misplace, outface, outpace, pace, place, plaice, race, space, Thrace, trace, upper case

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