- a method for making data retrieval more efficient by rearranging or renumbering the sectors on a hard disk or by splitting a computer's main memory into sections so that the sectors or sections can be read in alternating cycles.
- to provide blank leaves in (a book) for notes or written comments.
- to insert blank leaves between (the regular printed leaves).
- to insert something alternately and regularly between the pages or parts of: Interleave the eight-page form with carbon paper.
- to insert (material) alternately and regularly between the pages or parts of something else: Interleave carbon paper between the pages of the form.
- to arrange (an operation) so that two or more programs, sets of instructions, etc., are performed in an alternating fashion.
- to mix (data and control characters) in a single operation.
Origin of interleave
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Examples from the Web for interleaving
Glennard, taking the volume from his hand, glanced with a kind of repugnance at the interleaving of yellow cris-crossed sheets.The Touchstone
Damp some white blotting-paper by interleaving it with common white paper that has been wetted with a sponge.Bookbinding, and the Care of Books
The backing of a flat piece of soft wood with an interleaving of stout paper or, better still, millboard, must not be forgotten.The Repairing & Restoration of Violins
- (often foll by with) to intersperse (with), esp alternately, as the illustrations in a book (with protective leaves)
- to provide (a book) with blank leaves for notes, etc, or to protect illustrations
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