Definitions for interlockˌɪn tərˈlɒk; ˈɪn tərˌlɒk
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word interlock
interlock, ignition interlock(noun)
a device that prevents an automotive engine from starting
"car theives know how to bypass the ignition interlock"
mesh, meshing, interlock, interlocking(verb)
the act of interlocking or meshing
"an interlocking of arms by the police held the crowd in check"
coordinate in such a way that all parts work together effectively
lock, interlock, interlace(verb)
hold in a locking position
"He locked his hands around her neck"
become engaged or intermeshed with one another
"They were locked in embrace"
To connect together so that the parts work together as a coordinated unit; to connect as a single system.
A safety device that prevents activation in unsafe conditions.
To fit together securely.
to unite, embrace, communicate with, or flow into, one another; to be connected in one system; to lock into one another; to interlace firmly
to unite by locking or linking together; to secure in place by mutual fastening
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.
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