[verb in-ter-lok, in-ter-lok; noun in-ter-lok]
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of interlock
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Examples from the Web for interlocking
If the book were a piece of music, it would be a sonata of interlocking monologues.How Hitch & Amis Discovered Evil In My House
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He stood barefoot, his neck covered with interlocking black tattooed swirls, the word HELL inked into his forehead.Inside a Hospital for the Criminally Insane
September 15, 2014
Rather, the culprit here is a variety of interlocking factors.America’s Epidemic of Psychiatric Over-Diagnosis
June 21, 2013
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
March 30, 2013
The Canvas By Benjamin Stein Two interlocking narratives drive toward the heart of a mystery about memory and identity.Hot Reads, Sept. 17, 2012: ‘Sutton,’ ‘The Canvas,’ ‘Ike’s Bluff’
September 16, 2012
I could move my arms, too, and the interlocking hooks that served me for fingers.
He could see the crisp stars through the interlocking branches.The Rainy Day Railroad War
The stumps with their interlocking root systems have to be removed.Agriculture in Virginia, 1607-1699
Danger is avoided and assurance given by interlocking the points and signals.How it Works
All these spines are interlocking with one another and incurving.The Fantastic Clan
John James Thornber
- 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
Word Origin and History for interlocking
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper