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interlace

[in-ter-leys, in-ter-leys]
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verb (used without object), in·ter·laced, in·ter·lac·ing.
  1. to cross one another, typically passing alternately over and under, as if woven together; intertwine: Their hands interlaced.
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verb (used with object), in·ter·laced, in·ter·lac·ing.
  1. to unite or arrange (threads, strips, parts, branches, etc.) so as to intercross one another, passing alternately over and under; intertwine.
  2. to mingle; blend.
  3. to diversify, as with threads woven in.
  4. to intersperse; intermingle: She interlaced her lecture on Schubert with some of his songs.
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Origin of interlace

1325–75; inter- + lace; replacing Middle English entrelacen < Middle French en-trelacer
Related formsin·ter·lac·ed·ly [in-ter-ley-sid-lee] /ˌɪn tərˈleɪ sɪd li/, adverbin·ter·lace·ment, nounun·in·ter·laced, adjective
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  • The interlacement and flourishing, too, are handled with commendable restraint.

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British Dictionary definitions for interlacement

interlace

verb
  1. to join together (patterns, fingers, etc) by crossing, as if woven; intertwine
  2. (tr) to mingle or blend in an intricate way
  3. (tr usually foll by with) to change the pattern of; diversify; intersperseto interlace a speech with humour
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Derived Formsinterlacedly (ˌɪntəˈleɪsɪdlɪ), adverbinterlacement, noun
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Word Origin and History for interlacement

interlace

v.

late 14c., from Middle French entrelacer, from entre- (see entre-) + lacer (see lace). Television sense is from 1927. Related: Interlaced; interlacing. The noun is 1904, from the verb.

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