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[in-ter-leys, in-ter-leys] /ˌɪn tərˈleɪs, ˈɪn tərˌleɪs/
verb (used without object), interlaced, interlacing.
to cross one another, typically passing alternately over and under, as if woven together; intertwine:
Their hands interlaced.
verb (used with object), interlaced, interlacing.
to unite or arrange (threads, strips, parts, branches, etc.) so as to intercross one another, passing alternately over and under; intertwine.
to mingle; blend.
to diversify, as with threads woven in.
to intersperse; intermingle:
She interlaced her lecture on Schubert with some of his songs.
Origin of interlace
1325-75; inter- + lace; replacing Middle English entrelacen < Middle French en-trelacer
Related forms
[in-ter-ley-sid-lee] /ˌɪn tərˈleɪ sɪd li/ (Show IPA),
interlacement, noun
uninterlaced, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for interlace
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  • It made her interlace her fingers with nervous anxiety, but it set a fire in her eyes.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • To interlace these is the crowning achievement of political science.

    Statesman Plato
  • To interlace a story with glass and with rope with color and roam.

    Geography and Plays Gertrude Stein
  • They interpenetrate, interlace, correspond with and embrace each other.

  • Note the large fibers in the ligament, which branch and interlace.

    A Practical Physiology Albert F. Blaisdell
  • Arrange them nicely so that they interlace properly and are evenly applied.

  • They have stout stems which twist and turn, interlace and knot themselves together into a tangled mass.

    Rubber Edith A. Browne
  • One must act,—must be always stirring; life is a series of movements, the lines of which interlace.

    Philosophic Nights In Paris Remy De Gourmont
  • Helis were rising from the factory lots, to interlace with incoming ships before joining with the great stream headed south.

    Final Weapon Everett B. Cole
British Dictionary definitions for interlace


to join together (patterns, fingers, etc) by crossing, as if woven; intertwine
(transitive) to mingle or blend in an intricate way
(transitive) usually foll by with. to change the pattern of; diversify; intersperse: to interlace a speech with humour
Derived Forms
interlacedly (ˌɪntəˈleɪsɪdlɪ) adverb
interlacement, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for interlace

late 14c., from Middle French entrelacer, from entre- (see entre-) + lacer (see lace). Television sense is from 1927. Related: Interlaced; interlacing. The noun is 1904, from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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