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lock   WordNet 2.0

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

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

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

 
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- 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

 
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- a mechanism that detonates the charge of a gun

 
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- a strand or cluster of hair

 
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- become rigid or immoveable
"The therapist noticed that the patient''s knees tended to lock in this exercise"

 
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- 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"

 
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- fasten with a lock
"lock the bike to the fence"

 
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- keep engaged
"engaged the gears"

 
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- become engaged or intermeshed with one another
"They were locked in embrace"

 
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- hold in a locking position
"He locked his hands around her neck"

 
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- build locks in order to facilitate the navigation of vessels

 
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- hold fast (in a certain state)
"He was locked in a laughing fit"

 
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- pass by means through a lock in a waterway

 
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Lock   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

1. 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.

 
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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 Quincey.

3. A place from which egress is prevented, as by a lock. Dryden.

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, etc.

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 attached.

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.

 
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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.

 
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1. 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.

 
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