What does lock mean?

Definitions for locklɒk

Here are all the 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lock

    lok, n. a device to fasten doors, &c.: an enclosure in a canal for raising or lowering boats: the part of a firearm by which it is discharged: a grapple in wrestling: a state of being immovable: any narrow, confined place.—v.t. to fasten with a lock: to fasten so as to impede motion: to shut up: to close fast: to embrace closely: to furnish with locks.—v.i. to become fast: to unite closely.—ns. Lock′age, the locks of a canal: the difference in their levels, the materials used for them, and the tolls paid for passing through them; Lock′-chain, a chain for fastening the wheels of a vehicle by tying the rims to some part which does not rotate; Lock′er, any closed place that may be locked; Lock′et, a little ornamental case of gold or silver, usually containing a miniature.—adj. Lock′fast, firmly fastened by locks.—ns. Lock′gate, a gate for opening or closing a lock in a canal or river; Lock′-hos′pital (see Hospital); Lock′house, the lock-keeper's house; Lock′-jaw, Locked′-jaw, a contraction of the muscles of the jaw by which its motion is suspended; Lock′-keep′er, one who keeps or attends the locks of a canal; Lock′out, the act of locking out, esp. used of the locking out of a teacher by the pupils or vice versâ, or of the refusal of an employer to admit his workmen within the works as a means of coercion; Locks′man, a turnkey; Lock′smith, a smith who makes and mends locks; Lock′stitch, a stitch formed by the locking of two threads together; Lock′up, a place for locking up or confining persons for a short time.—Not a shot in the locker (naut.), not a penny in the pocket. [A.S. loca, a lock; Ice. loka, a bolt, Ger. loch, a dungeon.]

  2. Lock

    lok, n. a tuft or ringlet of hair: a small quantity, as of hay: (Scots law) a quantity of meal, the perquisite of a mill-servant: (Shak.) a love-lock—n. Lock′man, an officer in the Isle of Man who acts as a kind of under-sheriff to the governor. [A.S. locc; Ice. lokkr, Ger. locke, a lock.]

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lock in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lock in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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. Greg Walden:

    My fear is that people lock in and kind of double down on their position.

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