Pronunciation: ( —v.in"tur-lok', in'tur-lok"; —n.in'tur-lok"),[key] —v.i. 1. to fit into each other, as parts of machinery, so that all action is synchronized.
2. to interweave or interlace, one with another: The branches of the trees interlock to form a natural archway. 3. Railroads.(of switches, signals, etc.) to operate together in a prearranged order.
—v.t. 1. to lock one with another.
2. to fit (parts) together to ensure coordinated action.
3. Railroads.to arrange (switches, signals, etc.) to effect a predetermined sequence of movement.
—n. 1. the fact or condition of interlocking or of being interlocked.
2. the existence or an instance of an interlocking directorate.
3. a device for preventing a mechanism from being set in motion when another mechanism is in such a position that the two operating simultaneously might produce undesirable results.
4. Also called ignition interlock. a device or system that prevents an automotive engine from starting until the seat belt for any occupied front seat is fastened.
5. a stretch fabric made with a circular knitting machine having two alternating sets of long and short needles.
6. Motion Pictures.a device for synchronizing the action of a camera and sound recorder.