lock: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (lok), [key]
- a device for securing a door, gate, lid, drawer, or the like in position when closed, consisting of a bolt or system of bolts propelled and withdrawn by a mechanism operated by a key, dial, etc.
- a contrivance for fastening or securing something.
- (in a firearm)
- the mechanism that explodes the charge; gunlock.
- safety (def. 4).
- any device or part for stopping temporarily the motion of a mechanism.
- an enclosed chamber in a canal, dam, etc., with gates at each end, for raising or lowering vessels from one level to another by admitting or releasing water.
- an air lock or decompression chamber.
- complete and unchallenged control; an unbreakable hold: The congresswoman has a lock on the senatorial nomination.
- someone or something certain of success; sure thing: He's a lock to win the championship.
- any of various holds, esp. a hold secured on the arm, leg, or head: leg lock.
- (in an escapement) the overlap between a tooth of an escape wheel and the surface of the pallet locking it.
- a projection or recession in the mating face of a forging die.
- completely; entirely; including every part, item, or facet, no matter how small or insignificant: We bought the whole business, lock, stock, and barrel.
- securely locked up: The documents were under lock and key.
- to fasten or secure (a door, window, building, etc.) by the operation of a lock or locks.
- to shut in a place fastened by a lock or locks, as for security or restraint.
- to make fast or immovable by or as if by a lock: He locked the steering wheel on his car.
- to make fast or immovable, as by engaging parts: to lock the wheels of a wagon.
- to join or unite firmly by interlinking or intertwining: to lock arms.
- to hold fast in an embrace: She was locked in his arms.
- to move (a ship) by means of a lock or locks, as in a canal (often fol. by through, in, out, down, or up).
- to furnish with locks, as a canal.
- to become locked: This door locks with a key.
- to become fastened, fixed, or interlocked: gears that lock into place.
- to go or pass by means of a lock or locks, as a vessel.
- to construct locks in waterways.
- to come into conflict; clash: to lock horns with a political opponent.
- to lock in the nomination of the party's candidates.
- to commit unalterably:to lock in the nomination of the party's candidates.
- (of an investor) to be unable or unwilling to sell or shift securities.
- to enclose (a waterway) with a lock.
- to track or follow a target or object automatically by radar or other electronic means.
- to keep out by or as if by a lock.
- to subject (employees) to a lockout.
- to imprison for a crime.
- Print.to make (type) immovable in a chase by securing the quoins.
- to fasten or secure with a lock or locks.
- to lock the doors of a house, automobile, etc.
- to fasten or fix firmly, as by engaging parts.
Pronunciation: (lok), [key]
- a tress, curl, or ringlet of hair.
- the hair of the head.
- short wool of inferior quality, as that obtained in small clumps from the legs.
- a small tuft or portion of wool, cotton, flax, etc.
- lock (Thesaurus)