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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 interlaced
  • Traditional solar cells are usually arranged in a flat metal plate interlaced with conductive wires.
  • It is interlaced and interconnected with all levels of economies.
  • Their hands are not clasped together or even interlaced.
  • It is composed of several layers of fibers, which vary in length, but are closely interlaced with each other.
  • Scattered throughout the central gray stratum are numerous nerve cells of various sizes, interlaced, by a net-work of fine fibers.
  • Tightly-woven webbing is interlaced and secured to the base.
  • Progressive-scan players scan twice the number of horizontal lines as a standard interlaced player, producing a sharper picture.
  • The medinas are the original cities enclosed by walls and interlaced with winding alleys too narrow for cars.
  • Make one transparent and the second interlaced using the above tutorials.
  • The refuge's fertile forests and three hundred lakes are interlaced with streams, sloughs, and bayous.
British Dictionary definitions for interlaced


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
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Word Origin and History for interlaced



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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