verb (used with object), in·ter·leaved, in·ter·leav·ing.
  1. to provide blank leaves in (a book) for notes or written comments.
  2. to insert blank leaves between (the regular printed leaves).
  3. to insert something alternately and regularly between the pages or parts of: Interleave the eight-page form with carbon paper.
  4. to insert (material) alternately and regularly between the pages or parts of something else: Interleave carbon paper between the pages of the form.
  5. Computers.
    1. to arrange (an operation) so that two or more programs, sets of instructions, etc., are performed in an alternating fashion.
    2. to mix (data and control characters) in a single operation.

Origin of interleave

First recorded in 1660–70; inter- + leave3
Related formsun·in·ter·leaved, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for interleave

Historical Examples of interleave

  • Let a servitor transcribe the quotations, and interleave them with references to save time.

    Rowlandson's Oxford

    A. Hamilton Gibbs

British Dictionary definitions for interleave


verb (tr)
  1. (often foll by with) to intersperse (with), esp alternately, as the illustrations in a book (with protective leaves)
  2. to provide (a book) with blank leaves for notes, etc, or to protect illustrations
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