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

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)


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

Related Words for interlocking

interlace, intertwine, interlink, engage, interdigitate

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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 interlocking



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

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