Definitions for interlockˌɪn tərˈlɒk; ˈɪn tərˌlɒk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•ter•lockˌɪn tərˈlɒk; ˈɪn tərˌlɒk(v.; n.; v.i.)

  1. to fit into each other, as parts of machinery, so that all action is synchronized.

  2. to interweave, interlace, or interrelate, one with another:

    The branches of the trees interlock to form an archway.

  3. (v.t.)to lock one with another.

  4. to fit (parts) together to ensure coordinated action.

  5. (n.)the condition of being interlocked.

  6. a device for preventing a mechanism from operating when another mechanism is in such a position that the two operating simultaneously might produce undesirable results.

    Category: Machinery

  7. a stretch fabric made with a circular knitting machine having two alternating sets of long and short needles.

    Category: Textiles

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. interlock, ignition interlock(noun)

    a device that prevents an automotive engine from starting

    "car theives know how to bypass the ignition interlock"

  2. mesh, meshing, interlock, interlocking(verb)

    the act of interlocking or meshing

    "an interlocking of arms by the police held the crowd in check"

  3. interlock, mesh(verb)

    coordinate in such a way that all parts work together effectively

  4. lock, interlock, interlace(verb)

    hold in a locking position

    "He locked his hands around her neck"

  5. interlock, lock(verb)

    become engaged or intermeshed with one another

    "They were locked in embrace"


  1. interlock(Noun)

    A safety device that prevents activation in unsafe conditions.

  2. interlock(Verb)

    To fit together securely.

  3. interlock(Verb)

    To interlace.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Interlock(verb)

    to unite, embrace, communicate with, or flow into, one another; to be connected in one system; to lock into one another; to interlace firmly

  2. Interlock(verb)

    to unite by locking or linking together; to secure in place by mutual fastening


  1. Interlock

    Interlocking is a method of preventing undesired states in a state machine, which in a general sense can include any electrical, electronic, or mechanical device or system. In most applications an interlock is a device used to help prevent a machine from harming its operator or damaging itself by stopping the machine when tripped. Household microwave ovens are equipped with interlock switches which disable the magnetron if the door is opened. Similarly household washing machines will interrupt the spin cycle when the lid is open. Interlocks also serve as important safety devices in industrial settings, where they protect employees from devices such as robots, presses, and hammers. While interlocks can be something as sophisticated as curtains of infrared beams and photodetectors, they are often just switches.

Translations for interlock

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of two or more pieces or parts) to fit or fasten together

The pieces of a jigsaw puzzle interlock; interlocking pieces.

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