in·​ter·​leave | \ ˌin-tər-ˈlēv How to pronounce interleave (audio) \
interleaved; interleaving

Definition of interleave

transitive verb

: to arrange in or as if in alternate layers

Examples of interleave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The atmosphere is noir, and everywhere vice is interleaved with virtue. Emmanuel Iduma, The New York Review of Books, "Cyprian Ekwensi’s Lagos Noir," 2 June 2020 His ability to interleave aesthetic with lived social experience gives Mendelsohn’s writing great richness. Washington Post, "Daniel Mendelsohn’s ‘Ecstasy and Terror’ is a master class in criticism," 17 Oct. 2019 For example, the arrangement Ace, 5, 2, 3, 6, 7, 4 has two rising sequences interleaved: Ace, 2, 3, 4 and 5, 6, 7. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "The Trick Behind Properly Shuffling Cards," 11 May 2018 There followed an evocative short film that interleaved film clips of Robbins at work, often with his voice-over, with footage of today’s company in revivals. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: City Ballet Salutes Jerome Robbins, a Master of 2 Realms," 4 May 2018 Such transgressions and regressions mean that marine and terrestrial sediments are interleaved in these mountains, and the marine sediments provided the information needed. The Economist, "Fossil tracks in the Alps help explain dinosaur evolution," 19 Apr. 2018 Standing hat-box tall, its rich and fudgy cake layers are interleaved with silken chocolate buttercream and a nubbly-textured almond buttercream with caramelized crisped rice. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Dining review: Unpretentious and exceptional, East Sacramento’s Canon is an ‘instant classic’ | The Sacramento Bee," 12 Jan. 2018 The book interleaves stories from her grandparents’ past and from Ausma’s, along with Verzemnieks’s impressions of life in present-day rural Latvia, governed by its traditional rhythms, intricately and spiritually fused with the natural world. David Bezmozgis, New York Times, "A Writer Visits Latvia in Search of Her Roots," 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of interleave

1856, in the meaning defined above

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“Interleave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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