[verb in-ter-lok, in-ter-lok; noun in-ter-lok]

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. interlobular duct,
  2. interlobular emphysema,
  3. interlobular pleurisy,
  4. interlobular vein of kidney,
  5. interlobular vein of liver,
  6. interlocking directorate,
  7. interlocking directorates,
  8. interlocution,
  9. interlocutor,
  10. interlocutory

Origin of interlock

First recorded in 1625–35; inter- + lock1

Related formsin·ter·lock·er, nounun·in·ter·locked, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for interlock


verb (ˌɪntəˈlɒk)

to join or be joined firmly, as by a mutual interconnection of parts

noun (ˈɪntəˌlɒk)

the act of interlocking or the state of being interlocked
a device, esp one operated electromechanically, used in a logic circuit or electrical safety system to prevent an activity being initiated unless preceded by certain events
a closely knitted fabric

adjective (ˈɪntəˌlɒk)

(of fabric) closely knitted
Derived Formsinterlocker, noun

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Word Origin and History for interlock



1630s, from inter- + lock. Related: Interlocked; interlocking. As a noun, attested by 1874.

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