Definition of interlock in English:

interlock

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intransitive verb

[no object]
  • (of two or more things) engage with each other by overlapping or by the fitting together of projections and recesses.

    ‘their fingers interlocked’
    • ‘The two swords interlocked with each other, creating a double-edged blade.’
    • ‘Her uncle looked at his little niece, her face flashing orange and green and her fingers interlocking in awkwardness.’
    • ‘Their fingers interlocked lovingly as he stared into her eyes.’
    • ‘He could feel her hand as her fingers interlocked into his, and he could feel her lips, kissing him before she laid her head back on his chest.’
    • ‘Tobey reached over and grabbed Jordan's hand, and their fingers interlocked.’
    • ‘Our fingers interlocked and I leaned against his chest, resting the back of my head on his shoulder.’
    • ‘Once she accepted his hand and their fingers interlocked, he sighed audibly and closed his eyes.’
    • ‘The blonde girl's left hand crept up to meet with his own, and their fingers weakly interlocked.’
    • ‘She seemed to have gained a sudden interest in the fact that her fingers interlocked.’
    • ‘As you massage your partner's hands, pay attention to the way your fingers can interlock and how your partner's hands can respond to yours in return.’
    • ‘The rod is designed to attract the ring, so that the two molecules interlock spontaneously when mixed together.’
    • ‘The other earring in his left ear had one metal hoop that directly hung from his ear, interlocked with the other two hoops in it as needed here.’
    • ‘Extra thick tangs, welded to the inside of the lid, securely interlock into dual internal recessed padlock pockets for maximum protection from bolt cutters.’
    • ‘On their right arms were long clear shields that interlocked to form a clear plastic wall.’
    • ‘Random pattern stamps can be particularly troublesome, because they no longer interlock properly when they are larger than their designed size.’
    • ‘We developed two plans that alternate on even and odd floors and interlock so that all of the terraces are two stories high.’
    • ‘Each apartment was designed slightly differently, according to its specific location in the building, so that it interlocks either with the street or the garden next to it.’
    • ‘The phone has been designed with one unified shape, in which the handset and stand are interlocking and where the phone can be placed vertically or rested on horizontally.’
    • ‘Couples hold each other close in a waltz, moving forward and back and turning, their legs interlocking in a subtle game of advance and retreat, of never quite touching.’
    • ‘With this sense of joinery interlocking in three dimensions, the room has the scale and detail of a meticulously crafted piece of furniture.’
    engage, interconnect, interlink, mesh, intermesh, fit together, join together, join, unite, connect, yoke, mate, couple
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Pronunciation

interlock

/ˌin(t)ərˈläk/ /ˌɪn(t)ərˈlɑk/

noun

  • 1A device or mechanism for connecting or coordinating the function of different components.

    ‘a safety interlock to stop the blades spinning’
    • ‘We couldn't do this to both engines because a mechanical interlock prevents moving both condition levers to feather.’
    • ‘The bladder is blow molded over the frame with mechanical interlocks, formed in the molding process, holding the structure together.’
    • ‘These dumbwaiters are designed much like a standard elevator, with built-in safety brakes and safety interlocks that prevent operation if any door is open.’
    • ‘One key component is the alcohol tester, which includes a tube projecting from the instrument panel, a separate sniffing device and an ignition interlock.’
    • ‘Early evaluations of interlocks suggest that the devices have the potential to significantly reduce recidivism rates among convicted drink drivers.’
    • ‘A device such as the interlock is a form of partial incapacitation.’
    • ‘Double sensors and electromagnetic interlocks prevent undesired wheel raising on the road or lowering whilst in the water.’
    • ‘Safety controls shall include (but are not limited to) signage, safety latches, interlocks, barriers, administrative control, emergency egress/ingress, etc.’
    • ‘Mr Edge in cross-examination put the gloss on this response that, since the machinery was coming to the end of its life and the First Defendants intended to buy new machinery, it was not worth putting interlocks on old machinery.’
    • ‘In addition to an automatic top-tang safety, a novel interlock prevents the firing pins from striking a cartridge unless the trigger has been depressed.’
    • ‘A safety interlock on the Denharco head prevents the topping saw from working when the head is in the vertical position - as it is when you are felling a tree.’
    • ‘A first and a second interlock are operably engageable with the carriage assembly to prevent coupling of the receptacle with the aerosolization mechanism.’
    • ‘Levers can incorporate interlocks, requiring the user to actuate a release mechanism before he or she can move the lever.’
    • ‘The safety interlock prevents the removal of a panel until accessible emission values are below the AEL for the assigned class.’
    • ‘A monitoring system stops the oven if either or both of the interlocks fail.’
    • ‘A magnetic safety interlock in the sample chamber prevents the laser from firing when the chamber door is ajar.’
    • ‘Many commercial lasers make use of door/cover interlocks to protect against high voltage, however, the service personnel must often work with the interlock defected.’
    • ‘Used cars sold after January 2, 2009 would have to have the interlocks also.’
  • 2

    (also interlock fabric)
    A fabric knitted with closely interlocking stitches that allow it to stretch, typically used in underwear.

    ‘a dress in soft interlock’
    • ‘a cotton interlock in black or plum’
    • ‘Made of 100% combed cotton interlock fabric, it has cap sleeves and a round neck.’
    • ‘For lettucing or ruffling, choose a fabric that has crosswise stretch, such as a cotton/spandex blend, cotton interlock or ribbing.’
    • ‘Is it possible to dye cotton interlock successfully?’
    • ‘Made of 6 oz., extra-smooth Egyptian combed cotton interlock, this shirt features cotton / Lycra cuffs and neck for extra stretch where it counts, and a hemmed bottom.’

Pronunciation

interlock

/ˈin(t)ərˌläk/ /ˈɪn(t)ərˌlɑk/