Definitions for locklɒk

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word lock

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lock(noun)

    a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed

  2. lock, curl, ringlet, whorl(noun)

    a strand or cluster of hair

  3. lock(noun)

    a mechanism that detonates the charge of a gun

  4. lock, lock chamber(noun)

    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

  5. lock, ignition lock(noun)

    a restraint incorporated into the ignition switch to prevent the use of a vehicle by persons who do not have the key

  6. lock(verb)

    any wrestling hold in which some part of the opponent's body is twisted or pressured

  7. lock(verb)

    fasten with a lock

    "lock the bike to the fence"

  8. engage, mesh, lock, operate(verb)

    keep engaged

    "engaged the gears"

  9. lock(verb)

    become rigid or immoveable

    "The therapist noticed that the patient's knees tended to lock in this exercise"

  10. lock, interlock, interlace(verb)

    hold in a locking position

    "He locked his hands around her neck"

  11. interlock, lock(verb)

    become engaged or intermeshed with one another

    "They were locked in embrace"

  12. lock(verb)

    hold fast (in a certain state)

    "He was locked in a laughing fit"

  13. lock in, lock away, lock, put away, shut up, shut away, lock up(verb)

    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"

  14. lock(verb)

    pass by means through a lock in a waterway

  15. lock(verb)

    build locks in order to facilitate the navigation of vessels

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lock(noun)

    a tuft of hair; a flock or small quantity of wool, hay, or other like substance; a tress or ringlet of hair

  2. Lock(noun)

    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

  3. Lock(noun)

    a fastening together or interlacing; a closing of one thing upon another; a state of being fixed or immovable

  4. Lock(noun)

    a place from which egress is prevented, as by a lock

  5. Lock(noun)

    the barrier or works which confine the water of a stream or canal

  6. Lock(noun)

    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

  7. Lock(noun)

    that part or apparatus of a firearm by which the charge is exploded; as, a matchlock, flintlock, percussion lock, etc

  8. Lock(noun)

    a device for keeping a wheel from turning

  9. Lock(noun)

    a grapple in wrestling

  10. Lock(verb)

    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

  11. Lock(verb)

    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

  12. Lock(verb)

    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

  13. Lock(verb)

    to link together; to clasp closely; as, to lock arms

  14. Lock(verb)

    to furnish with locks; also, to raise or lower (a boat) in a lock

  15. Lock(verb)

    to seize, as the sword arm of an antagonist, by turning the left arm around it, to disarm him

  16. Lock(verb)

    to become fast, as by means of a lock or by interlacing; as, the door locks close

  17. Origin: [AS. locc; akin to D. lok, G. locke, OHG. loc, Icel. lokkr, and perh. to Gr. to bend, twist.]


  1. Lock

    A lock is a device for raising and lowering boats between stretches of water of different levels on river and canal waterways. The distinguishing feature of a lock is a fixed chamber in which the water level can be varied; whereas in a caisson lock, a boat lift, or on a canal inclined plane, it is the chamber itself that rises and falls. Locks are used to make a river more easily navigable, or to allow a canal to take a reasonably direct line across land that is not level.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lock' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3152

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lock' in Nouns Frequency: #1613

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lock' in Verbs Frequency: #504

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Unknown:

    If you can't find the key to success, pick the lock.

  2. Clara Oleson:

    There is no lock, there is no inevitability. Not here.

  3. Anthony D'Angelo:

    Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody's heart.

  4. George Herbert:

    Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night.

  5. Elizabeth Bowen:

    Never to lie is to have no lock to your door, you are never wholly alone.

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