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.
Recent Examples on the Web His journals are also dense cultural artifacts, interlaced with quotations from books, movies, song lyrics, and news reports. Jeremy Lybarger, The New Yorker, "Lou Sullivan’s Diaries Are a Radical Testament to Trans Happiness," 16 Sep. 2019 Rosa’s is the first of three extended first-person narratives, interlaced with excerpts from a 1906 biography by the journalist Elizabeth Bisland, which together construct a life in collage. Diana Abu-jaber, Washington Post, "In Monique Truong’s ‘The Sweetest Fruits,’ 19th-century writer Lafcadio Hearn comes to life," 29 Aug. 2019 While scriptwriters Joseph Loeb III and Michael Rosenblatt have interlaced Teen Wolf with some mild teen identity questions regarding Fox and his self-image, the film is ultimately bland and inane. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Teen Wolf': THR's 1985 Review," 23 Aug. 2019 California is interlaced with toll roads and bridges. Los Angeles Times, "Column: FasTrak agencies may have sold out your privacy. Now they want legal immunity," 13 Aug. 2019 Nature information is interlaced with images from the International Space Station and photographs and documents from a Turkish historical archive. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Artechouse’s ‘Infinite Space’ has waves of natural influences," 9 Aug. 2019 Sitting Chest Stretch Stand tall, with fingers interlaced behind your back and near your butt. Rozalynn S. Frazier,, "These Chest Exercises Will Totally Transform Your Upper Body in 21 Days," 9 Aug. 2019 Cables that spread at an angle crossed cables that fell straight down, interlacing like fingers and creating diamonds that in their sequence of gradually varying dimensions seemed to be unfolding as Leif and Matthew rode past them. Caleb Crain, Harper's magazine, "Talkin’ ’Bout a Revolution," 22 July 2019 For each, the goal is to become as popular as the Aperol spritz or rosé, the drink that broke new ground for summertime drinking — to be inevitable and indispensable and utterly, completely interlaced with the idea of a perfect summer day. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Inside the calculated race to create the next drink of summer," 17 July 2019

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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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The first known use of interlace was in the 14th century

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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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