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interlace

[in-ter-leys, in-ter-leys] /ˌɪn tərˈleɪs, ˈɪn tərˌleɪs/
verb (used without object), interlaced, interlacing.
1.
to cross one another, typically passing alternately over and under, as if woven together; intertwine:
Their hands interlaced.
verb (used with object), interlaced, interlacing.
2.
to unite or arrange (threads, strips, parts, branches, etc.) so as to intercross one another, passing alternately over and under; intertwine.
3.
to mingle; blend.
4.
to diversify, as with threads woven in.
5.
to intersperse; intermingle:
She interlaced her lecture on Schubert with some of his songs.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; inter- + lace; replacing Middle English entrelacen < Middle French en-trelacer
Related forms
interlacedly
[in-ter-ley-sid-lee] /ˌɪn tərˈleɪ sɪd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
interlacement, noun
uninterlaced, adjective
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Examples from the web for interlacing
  • Ultimately, they'll be able to get more planes on the ground per hour by interlacing their runway approaches.
  • On a few, he could actually discern a pattern of interlacing fibers-weaving.
  • Weaving is the interlacing of two strands of yarn so that they cross each other.
  • The lower part of the dermis is a network of interlacing fibers.
  • The upper trim of the base exhibits an interlacing oval motif with limestone coping across the east and north facade.
British Dictionary definitions for interlacing

interlace

/ˌɪntəˈleɪs/
verb
1.
to join together (patterns, fingers, etc) by crossing, as if woven; intertwine
2.
(transitive) to mingle or blend in an intricate way
3.
(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 interlacing

interlace

v.

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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interlacing in Technology

1. A video display system which builds an image on the VDU in two phases, known as "fields", consisting of even and odd horizontal lines.
The complete image (a "frame") is created by scanning an electron beam horizontally across the screen, starting at the top and moving down after each horizontal scan until the bottom of the screen is reached, at which point the scan starts again at the top. On an interlaced display, even numbered scan lines are displayed in the first field and then odd numbered lines in the second field.
For a given screen resolution, refresh rate (frames per second) and phosphor persistence, interlacing reduces flicker because the top and bottom of the screen are redrawn twice as often as if the scan simply proceded from top to bottom in a single vertical sweep.
2. progressive coding.
(1998-02-25)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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