to fit into each other, as parts of machinery, so that all action is synchronized.
to interweave or interlace, one with another: The branches of the trees interlock to form a natural archway.
Railroads. (of switches, signals, etc.) to operate together in a prearranged order.
to lock one with another.
to fit (parts) together to ensure coordinated action.
Railroads. to arrange (switches, signals, etc.) to effect a predetermined sequence of movement.
the fact or condition of interlocking or of being interlocked.
the existence or an instance of an interlocking directorate.
a device for preventing a mechanism from being set in motion when another mechanism is in such a position that the two operating simultaneously might produce undesirable results.
Also called ignition interlock. a device or system that prevents an automotive engine from starting until the seat belt for any occupied front seat is fastened.
a stretch fabric made with a circular knitting machine having two alternating sets of long and short needles.
Movies. a device for synchronizing the action of a camera and sound recorder.
- in·ter·lock·er, noun
- un·in·ter·locked, adjective
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How to use interlock in a sentence
It’s a technique that uses a wooden dowel to greatly strengthen a mortise and tenon joint, transforming it from a joint that relies only on glue adhesion into one that has a permanent and mechanical interlock.Build your own door and ascend to a higher level of DIY | Courtney Starr | November 20, 2020 | Popular-Science
If the book were a piece of music, it would be a sonata of interlocking monologues.
He stood barefoot, his neck covered with interlocking black tattooed swirls, the word HELL inked into his forehead.
It created interlocking businesses and took advantage of tax breaks that deliver out-sized benefits to energy companies.How the Kings of Fracking Double-Crossed Their Way to Riches | ProPublica | March 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Rather, the culprit here is a variety of interlocking factors.
As it turns out, there are multiple, interlocking answers which range from Sigmund Freud to the pharmaceutical industry.America’s Depression Diagnoses Epidemic and How to Fix It | Jesse Singal | March 30, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The cables connecting them were of 21⁄2 lock steel wire covered with interlocking strands.The Panama Canal | Frederic Jennings Haskin
For how many years have they stood thus interlocking their strong boughs like brethren!
Unfortunately, Dr. Sprague cannot abide anything that is not laid out as neat as an interlocking tile floor.Highways in Hiding | George Oliver Smith
Presently he clasped them in front of him, interlocking his fingers, one thumb meanwhile chasing another.Abraham Lincoln, Volume 2 (of 2) | William H. Herndon
The frame was simply two strong crotches set firmly in the ground at a distance of eight feet apart, and interlocking at top.Woodcraft and Camping | George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)
British Dictionary definitions for interlock
to join or be joined firmly, as by a mutual interconnection of parts
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
(of fabric) closely knitted
- interlocker, noun
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