Definitions for locklɒk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a device for securing a door, gate, lid, drawer, or the like when closed, consisting of a bolt or system of bolts propelled and withdrawn by a mechanism operated by a key, dial, etc.

    Category: Building Trades

  2. any contrivance for fastening or securing something.

    Category: Building Trades

  3. (in a firearm) the mechanism that explodes the charge; gunlock.

  4. 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.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  5. an air lock or decompression chamber.

    Category: Hydraulogy

  6. complete and unchallenged control; an unbreakable hold:

    to have a lock on the senatorial nomination.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  7. Slang. someone or something certain of success; sure thing.

    Category: Status (usage)

  8. any of various wrestling holds, esp. a hold secured on the arm, leg, or head.

    Category: Sport

  9. (v.t.)to fasten or secure (a door, window, building, etc.) by the operation of a lock or locks.

  10. to shut in by or as if by means of a lock, as for security or restraint.

  11. to make fast or immovable by or as if by a lock:

    to lock the steering wheel on a car.

  12. to join or unite firmly by interlinking or intertwining:

    to lock arms.

  13. to hold fast in an embrace.

  14. to move (a ship) by means of a lock or locks, as in a canal.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  15. to furnish with locks, as a canal.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  16. (v.i.)to become locked:

    This door locks with a key.

  17. to become fastened, fixed, or interlocked:

    gears that lock into place.

    Category: Building Trades

  18. to go or pass by means of a lock or locks, as a vessel.

  19. lock in, to commit to unalterably. (of an investor) to be unable or unwilling to sell or shift securities.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Business

  20. lock on, to track an object automatically by electronic means.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Electronics, Verb Phrase

  21. lock out, to keep out by or as if by a lock. to subject (employees) to a lockout.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  22. lock up, to imprison for a crime. 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.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Printing

Idioms for lock:

  1. lock horns,to come into conflict; clash.

    Category: Idiom

  2. lock, stock, and barrel,with every part or item included; completely.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of lock:

bef. 900; ME; OE loc fastening, bar, c. OS lok, OHG loh hole, ON lok lid, end, Go -luk in usluk opening



  1. a tress, curl, or ringlet of hair.

  2. locks, the hair of the head. short wool of inferior quality.

Origin of lock:

bef. 900; ME locke, OE locc, c. OS lok, OHG loc, ON lokkr

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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. lock(verb)ɒk

    to fasten with a key

    Lock the doors and windows before you go.; The door locks automatically.; I locked my passport in the drawer.

  2. lockɒk

    to get stuck in one position

    Suddenly my knee joint locked and I could not move.

  3. lock(noun)ɒk

    a device used to fasten sth so that it will not open

    We put new locks on the windows.

  4. lockɒk

    a device used to prevent sb from being able to use sth

    My computer has a lock protected with a password.

  5. lockɒk

    an area on a river or canal where the water level can be raised or lowered to allow boats to move from one level to another

    the rising water in the lock

  6. lockɒk

    a strand of hair

    a lock of the baby's hair

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


  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

Anagrams of lock

  1. KLOC

Translations for lock

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a mechanism for fastening doors etc

He put the key in the lock.

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