Lock n. A tuft of hair; a flock or small quantity of wool, hay, or other like substance; a tress or ringlet of hair.
These gray locks, the pursuivants of death. --Shak.
1. Anything that fastens; specifically, a fastening, as for a door, a lid, a trunk, a drawer, and the like, in which a bolt is moved by a key so as to hold or to release the thing fastened.
2. A fastening together or interlacing; a closing of one thing upon another; a state of being fixed or immovable.
Albemarle Street closed by a lock of carriages. --De Quincey.
3. A place from which egress is prevented, as by a lock.
4. The barrier or works which confine the water of a stream or canal.
5. An inclosure in a canal with gates at each end, used in raising or lowering boats as they pass from one level to another; -- called also lift lock.
6. That part or apparatus of a firearm by which the charge is exploded; as, a matchlock, flintlock, percussion lock, etc.
7. A device for keeping a wheel from turning.
8. A grapple in wrestling.
Detector lock, a lock containing a contrivance for showing whether it as has been tampered with.
Lock bay Canals, the body of water in a lock chamber.
Lock chamber, the inclosed space between the gates of a canal lock.
Lock nut. See Check nut, under Check.
Lock plate, a plate to which the mechanism of a gunlock is attached.
Lock rail Arch., in ordinary paneled doors, the rail nearest the lock. Lock rand Masonry, a range of bond stone. --Knight.
Mortise lock, a door lock inserted in a mortise.
Rim lock, a lock fastened to the face of a door, thus differing from a mortise lock.
Lock, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Locked p. pr. & vb. n. Locking.]
1. To fasten with a lock, or as with a lock; to make fast; to prevent free movement of; as, to lock a door, a carriage wheel, a river, etc.
2. To prevent ingress or access to, or exit from, by fastening the lock or locks of; -- often with up; as, to lock or lock up, a house, jail, room, trunk. etc.
3. To fasten in or out, or to make secure by means of, or as with, locks; to confine, or to shut in or out -- often with up; as, to lock one's self in a room; to lock up the prisoners; to lock up one's silver; to lock intruders out of the house; to lock money into a vault; to lock a child in one's arms; to lock a secret in one's breast.
4. To link together; to clasp closely; as, to lock arms. “ Lock hand in hand.”
5. Canals To furnish with locks; also, to raise or lower (a boat) in a lock.
6. Fencing To seize, as the sword arm of an antagonist, by turning the left arm around it, to disarm him.
Lock v. i. To become fast, as by means of a lock or by interlacing; as, the door locks close.
When it locked none might through it pass. --Spenser.
To lock into, to fit or slide into; as, they lock into each other.
n 1: a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly
2: a strand or cluster of hair [syn: curl, ringlet, whorl]
3: a mechanism that detonates the charge of a gun
4: enclosure consisting of a section of canal that can be
closed to control the water level; used to raise or lower
vessels that pass through it [syn: lock chamber]
5: a restraint incorporated into the ignition switch to prevent
the use of a vehicle by persons who do not have the key
[syn: ignition lock]
6: any wrestling hold in which some part of the opponent's body
is twisted or pressured
v 1: fasten with a lock; "lock the bike to the fence" [ant: unlock,
2: keep engaged; "engaged the gears" [syn: engage, mesh, operate]
3: become rigid or immoveable; "The therapist noticed that the
patient's knees tended to lock in this exercise" [ant: unlock]
4: hold in a locking position; "He locked his hands around her
neck" [syn: interlock, interlace]
5: become engaged or intermeshed with one another; "They were
locked in embrace" [syn: interlock]
6: hold fast (in a certain state); "He was locked in a laughing
7: place in a place where something cannot be removed or
someone cannot escape; "The parents locked her daughter up
for the weekend"; "She locked her jewels in the safe"
[syn: lock in, lock away, put away, shut up, shut
away, lock up]
8: pass by means through a lock in a waterway
9: build locks in order to facilitate the navigation of vessels
The Hebrews usually secured their doors by bars of wood or iron
(Isa. 45:2; 1 Kings 4:3). These were the locks originally used,
and were opened and shut by large keys applied through an
opening in the outside (Judg. 3:24). (See KEY.)
Lock of hair (Judg. 16:13, 19; Ezek. 8:3; Num. 6:5, etc.).