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interlock

in·ter·lock

interlock

 
pronunciation:
In tr lak
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: interlocked, interlocking, interlocks
definition 1: to come together in a coordinated way, as the intermeshed parts of a machine.
similar words:
engage, knit, mesh
definition 2: to join together or become entangled.
similar words:
mesh
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to fit (parts) together so that they move or act in a coordinated or synchronized manner.
They interlocked the gears during assembly.
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the process of joining in a coordinated fashion, or the condition of being joined in such a way; interlocking.
similar words:
mesh
definition 2: a device or system used to direct the coordination of two or more mechanisms or processes, as in computers or automobile ignitions.
derivation: interlocker (n.)