in·​ter·​lace | \ ˌin-tər-ˈlās How to pronounce interlace (audio) \
interlaced; interlacing; interlaces

Definition of interlace

transitive verb

1 : to unite by or as if by lacing together : interweave
2 : to vary by alternation or intermixture : intersperse narrative interlaced with anecdotes

intransitive verb

: to cross one another as if woven together : intertwine

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Other Words from interlace

interlacement \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈlās-​mənt How to pronounce interlacement (audio) \ noun

Examples of interlace in a Sentence

Interlace the branches and bend them into a circle. The vines interlaced with each other.

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Each bite is a matrix of muscle and fat cells, interlaced with blood vessels and enrobed by connective tissue. Natalie R. Rubio, The Conversation, "So far cultured meat has been burgers – the next big challenge is animal-free steaks," 5 July 2019 Test matches last up to five days -- interlaced with lunch, tea and drinks -- and even then, much to the amusement of the majority of non-cricketing nations, the result can still be a draw. Ben Morse, CNN, "MLB London Series: Baseball searches for 'legacy' with Red Sox and Yankees games," 25 June 2019 At least four police officers can be seen with their weapons drawn at a Black man who was kneeling on the sidewalk, faced away from the officers, his hands interlaced behind his head. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Woman Pleads With California Officers Not To Shoot Kneeling Black Man," 13 June 2019 The editors lay it on thick with Colton, interlacing all of their activities in Portugal (making out! Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "'The Bachelor' Recap: The Fence, It Hath Been Jumped," 5 Mar. 2019 And all such commercial transactions were interlaced with snobbism. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, "‘The Eye’ Review: Arbiters of the Authentic," 9 Aug. 2018 Your hands can be interlaced behind your head, or folded under the small of your back to protect your spine. SELF, "Core Bodyweight Builder and Tabata Burnout Workout," 30 Dec. 2018 Crocodiles on the other hand flash a toothy grin with their top and bottom teeth interlacing. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, "A Newly Discovered Difference Between Alligators and Crocodiles," 12 Mar. 2018 Next, interlace your fingers behind the left hamstring or left shin and pull that left leg—the other one will follow—towards your chest. Jay Willis, GQ, "Five Easy Yoga Poses That Will Make You Feel Like a Million Bucks," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of interlace

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for interlace

Middle English entrelacen, from Anglo-French entrelacer, from entre- inter- + lacer to lace

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English Language Learners Definition of interlace

: to join together (narrow things, such as strings or branches) by crossing them over and under each other


in·​ter·​lace | \ ˌin-tər-ˈlās How to pronounce interlace (audio) \
interlaced; interlacing

Kids Definition of interlace

: to unite by or as if by lacing together

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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