Definition of interlock in English:

interlock

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verb

Pronunciation: /ɪntəˈlɒk
 
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[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.
    Synonyms
    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.

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈɪntəlɒk
 
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  • 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?

Derivatives

interlocker

noun
More example sentences
  • Twenty-four of these interlockers were installed between 1924 and 1929.

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