Definition of interlace in English:



  • 1Cross or be crossed intricately together; interweave.

    [with object] ‘Jane interlaced her fingers to form a cup’
    ‘closely interlacing branches’
    • ‘Derek stroked my hand lightly, interlacing his own fingers with mine.’
    • ‘Williams took a deep breath, interlacing his fingers above his head and trying to keep a cool head.’
    • ‘I stared at our hands as he interlaced our fingers.’
    • ‘I snake my arm behind your neck and interlace my fingers together.’
    • ‘Liz smiled gently taking his hand in hers, interlacing their fingers.’
    • ‘Brandon was absently playing with a strand of Chasity's hair, wrapping it around his finger, tucking it behind her ear and interlacing it between his fingers.’
    • ‘She closed her eyes and put her arms behind her head, interlacing her fingers.’
    • ‘He pays for our drinks and as we go outside, he takes my hand into his and interlaces our fingers.’
    • ‘‘All right,’ the principal started, interlacing his fingers and placing his hands calmly on his desk.’
    • ‘Davis nodded, taking a seat behind his desk and interlacing his fingers underneath his chin.’
    • ‘Keeping your legs straight at the knees and your heels pushed towards the ceiling, take your arms over your head and interlace your fingers, turning the palms away.’
    • ‘For a moment, she was afraid he was going to reject her until she felt his hand covering hers, interlacing their fingers together.’
    • ‘He took my hand, interlacing his fingers through mine, and stood up.’
    • ‘She grinned at him and took it, interlacing their fingers, as she always liked to do.’
    • ‘Somehow, you must record that other sheet and interlace one image over the other to decipher this code.’
    • ‘She interlaced her gloved fingers together around the soup, whatever it was, allowing the steam to rise up and touch her face.’
    • ‘Thick wooden supports braced the wall every few yards, and even the gaps in between the logs were filled with a mesh of sticks and branches interlaced like a rough basket weave.’
    • ‘‘It's the best prank of the year,’ I informed him, interlacing our fingers.’
    • ‘I interlaced my fingers and lifted them up to my lips so that the tips of the forefingers were touching my upper lip.’
    • ‘She leaned forward and draped her arms around her knees, interlacing her fingers.’
    1. 1.1[with object]Mingle or intersperse something with.
      ‘discussion interlaced with esoteric mathematics’
      • ‘Lovano's music is described by critics as interlacing the past with the present.’
      • ‘The remark provoked raucous laughter, and the balance of the first game was interlaced with a slew of lewd speculation.’
      • ‘But Shakespeare scholars realized that the actual text was interlaced with lines that cut against Olivier's theme of martial glory and royal heroism.’
      • ‘She carries this particular comparison throughout the book, interlacing it with different theme songs and characters or sayings that are similar to the points she wants to make.’
      • ‘This time we listened to speeches by university administrators and church officials who spoke of the essential relationship between faith and learning, interlacing their talks with references to the mandatum.’
      • ‘It is an association of place and memory that draws him to interlace the past with the present.’
      • ‘These dance pieces will be interlaced with a multi-media/movement installation by Aven.’
      • ‘These bits are interlaced with the usual interview cuts from Lawrence, director David Raynr, and the production team.’
      • ‘A prologue and sixteen scenes are interlaced with a twelve-note theme and fifteen variations for orchestra alone.’
      • ‘But the childhood stories are interlaced with more recent remembrances.’
    2. 1.2Electronics [with object]Scan (a video image) in such a way that alternate lines form one sequence which is followed by the other lines in a second sequence.
      ‘interlaced displays’
      • ‘Analog televisions, for example, interlace frames to create the appearance of 30 frames-per-second resolution.’
      • ‘The technical standards used will be those used in 1939: 405 lines, fifty frames interlaced, giving twenty-five complete picture frames per second.’
      • ‘Progressive scan signals are generated by combining the two interlaced frames and only sending the full image, not the interlaced frames, which means that processing is needed to calculate the frames in between.’
      • ‘An input video signal of an interlaced scan format passes through an MCI block, an EDI block, and a line averaging interpolation block, respectively.’
      • ‘I tried switching between progressive and interlaced modes, and saw the TV do its reconfiguration flash, but the text jittered in both modes.’


Late Middle English: from Old French entrelacier, from entre- between + lacier to lace.