interlock[in′tər läk′, in′tər läk′; for n. in′tər läk′]
When you hold hands with someone and you twist and wind your fingers together, this is an example of when you interlock your hands.
- to lock together; join with one another
- to connect or be connected so that neither part can be operated independently
- the condition of being interlocked
- a device or arrangement by means of which the functioning of one part is controlled by the functioning of another, as for safety
verbin·ter·locked, in·ter·lock·ing, in·ter·locks
- To unite or join closely as by hooking or dovetailing.
- To connect together (parts of a mechanism, for example) so that the individual parts affect each other in motion or operation.
- A mechanical device that prevents a component from functioning when another component is functioning or situated in a particular way.
- A stretchy fabric knitted with interlocking stitches by alternating sets of needles on a circular knitting machine.
(third-person singular simple present interlocks, present participle interlocking, simple past and past participle interlocked)
- To fit together securely.
- To interlace.
- A safety device that prevents activation in unsafe conditions.
- The demonstrator couldn't figure out why the machine wouldn't work, until he remembered that there was an interlock so it wouldn't operate with the cover open.
inter- + lock
interlock - Computer Definition
A device that prohibits an action from taking place.