Definition of interlock in English:

interlock

verb

[NO OBJECT]
Pronunciation: /ˌin(t)ərˈläk/
  • (of two or more things) engage with each other by overlapping or by the fitting together of projections and recesses.

    ‘their fingers interlocked’
    • ‘We developed two plans that alternate on even and odd floors and interlock so that all of the terraces are two stories high.’
    • ‘Extra thick tangs, welded to the inside of the lid, securely interlock into dual internal recessed padlock pockets for maximum protection from bolt cutters.’
    • ‘Random pattern stamps can be particularly troublesome, because they no longer interlock properly when they are larger than their designed size.’
    • ‘With this sense of joinery interlocking in three dimensions, the room has the scale and detail of a meticulously crafted piece of furniture.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their fingers interlocked lovingly as he stared into her eyes.’
    • ‘She seemed to have gained a sudden interest in the fact that her fingers interlocked.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our fingers interlocked and I leaned against his chest, resting the back of my head on his shoulder.’
    • ‘The blonde girl's left hand crept up to meet with his own, and their fingers weakly interlocked.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On their right arms were long clear shields that interlocked to form a clear plastic wall.’
    • ‘Tobey reached over and grabbed Jordan's hand, and their fingers interlocked.’
    • ‘Once she accepted his hand and their fingers interlocked, he sighed audibly and closed his eyes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 two swords interlocked with each other, creating a double-edged blade.’
    • ‘The rod is designed to attract the ring, so that the two molecules interlock spontaneously when mixed together.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her uncle looked at his little niece, her face flashing orange and green and her fingers interlocking in awkwardness.’
    engage, interconnect, interlink, mesh, intermesh, fit together, join together, join, unite, connect, yoke, mate, couple
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noun

Pronunciation: /ˈin(t)ərˌläk/
  • 1A device or mechanism for connecting or coordinating the function of different components.

    • ‘A monitoring system stops the oven if either or both of the interlocks fail.’
    • ‘A device such as the interlock is a form of partial incapacitation.’
    • ‘A magnetic safety interlock in the sample chamber prevents the laser from firing when the chamber door is ajar.’
    • ‘We couldn't do this to both engines because a mechanical interlock prevents moving both condition levers to feather.’
    • ‘Levers can incorporate interlocks, requiring the user to actuate a release mechanism before he or she can move the lever.’
    • ‘The bladder is blow molded over the frame with mechanical interlocks, formed in the molding process, holding the structure together.’
    • ‘Early evaluations of interlocks suggest that the devices have the potential to significantly reduce recidivism rates among convicted drink drivers.’
    • ‘A first and a second interlock are operably engageable with the carriage assembly to prevent coupling of the receptacle with the aerosolization mechanism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The safety interlock prevents the removal of a panel until accessible emission values are below the AEL for the assigned class.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One key component is the alcohol tester, which includes a tube projecting from the instrument panel, a separate sniffing device and an ignition interlock.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Used cars sold after January 2, 2009 would have to have the interlocks also.’
  • 2A fabric knitted with closely interlocking stitches that allow it to stretch, typically used in underwear.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’

Pronunciation:

interlock

Verb/ˌin(t)ərˈläk/

interlock

Noun/ˈin(t)ərˌläk/