interlock

(noun, verb)

noun

1. a device that prevents an automotive engine from starting

- car theives know how to bypass the ignition interlock

Definition categories: man–made, device

2. the act of interlocking or meshing

- an interlocking of arms by the police held the crowd in check

Similar word(s): interlocking, mesh, meshing

Definition categories: act, catch, grab, snap, snatch

Sentences with interlock as a noun:

- The demonstrator couldn't figure out why the machine wouldn't work, until he remembered that there was an interlock so it wouldn't operate with the cover open.

verb

1. coordinate in such a way that all parts work together effectively

Similar word(s): mesh

Definition categories: change, coordinate, organise, organize

2. hold in a locking position

Similar word(s): interlace, lock

Definition categories: contact, hold

3. become engaged or intermeshed with one another

Similar word(s): lock

Definition categories: contact, bosom, embrace, hug, squeeze