Definitions for: Lock

[n] any wrestling hold in which some part of the opponent's body is twisted or pressured
[n] a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed
[n] a restraint incorporated into the ignition switch to prevent the use of a vehicle by persons who do not have the key
[n] 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
[n] a mechanism that detonates the charge of a gun
[n] a strand or cluster of hair
[v] become rigid or immoveable; of bones; "Don't lock your knees in this exercise"
[v] 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"
[v] fasten with a lock; "lock the bike to the fence"
[v] keep engaged; "engaged the gears"
[v] become engaged or intermeshed with one another; "They were locked in embrace"
[v] hold in a locking position; "He locked his hands around her neck"
[v] build locks in order to facilitate the navigation of vessels
[v] hold fast (in a certain state); "He was locked in a laughing fit"
[v] pass by means through a lock in a waterway

Webster (1913) Definition: Lock, n. [AS. locc; akin to D. lok, G. locke, OHG. loc,
Icel. lokkr, and perh. to Gr. ? to bend, twist.]
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.

Lock, n. [AS. loc inclosure, an inclosed place, the
fastening of a door, fr. l[=u]can to lock, fasten; akin to
OS. l[=u]kan (in comp.), D. luiken, OHG. l[=u]hhan, Icel.
l?ka, Goth. l[=u]kan (in comp.); cf. Skr. ruj to break. Cf.
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

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,

7. A device for keeping a wheel from turning.

8. A grapple in wrestling. --Milton.

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

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.
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.'' --Shak.

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. --Boyle.

Synonyms: curl, engage, ignition lock, interlace, interlock, lock away, lock chamber, lock in, lock up, mesh, operate, put away, ringlet, shut away, shut up, whorl

Antonyms: disengage, unlock, unlock, withdraw

See Also: bolt, bolt, bosom, build, canal, coiffure, combination lock, confine, constraint, construct, crimp, cylinder lock, deadbolt, displace, door, door latch, doorlock, drawer, dreadlock, embrace, enclosure, engage, fasten, fastener, fastening, firearm, fix, fixing, flip, forelock, gate, go across, go through, hair, hair style, hairdo, hammerlock, headlock, hold, holdfast, hug, ignition switch, keyhole, latch, lever lock, lid, lock, make, mechanism, move, overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, padlock, padlock, pass, piece, restraint, ride, sash fastener, sash lock, sausage curl, secure, small-arm, squeeze, sweep over, switch, take hold, throw, tumbler, whelm, window lock, wrestling hold

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