What does interlock mean?

Definitions for interlockˌɪn tərˈlɒk; ˈɪn tərˌlɒk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word interlock.

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(v. t.)

    To connect together so that the parts work together as a coordinated unit; to connect as a single system.


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Interlock

    in-tėr-lok′, v.t. to lock or clasp together.—v.i. to be locked together.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of interlock in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of interlock in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. George Koob:

    There are ways to get around these interlock systems, but newer devices are more effective.

  2. Don DeLillo:

    People stress the violence. That's the smallest part of it. Football is brutal only from a distance. In the middle of it there's a calm, a tranquility. The players accept pain. There's a sense of order even at the end of a running play with bodies strewn everywhere. When the systems interlock, there's a satisfaction to the game that can't be duplicated. There's a harmony.

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