What is the meaning of lock?


  • (n.) lock (a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed)
  • (n.) lock, curl, ringlet, whorl (a strand or cluster of hair)
  • (n.) lock (a mechanism that detonates the charge of a gun)
  • (n.) lock, lock chamber (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)
  • (n.) lock, ignition lock (a restraint incorporated into the ignition switch to prevent the use of a vehicle by persons who do not have the key)
  • (n.) lock (any wrestling hold in which some part of the opponent's body is twisted or pressured)


  • (v.) lock (fasten with a lock) "lock the bike to the fence"
  • (v.) engage, mesh, lock, operate (keep engaged) "engaged the gears"
  • (v.) lock (become rigid or immoveable) "The therapist noticed that the patient's knees tended to lock in this exercise"
  • (v.) lock, interlock, interlace (hold in a locking position) "He locked his hands around her neck"
  • (v.) interlock, lock (become engaged or intermeshed with one another) "They were locked in embrace"
  • (v.) lock (hold fast (in a certain state)) "He was locked in a laughing fit"
  • (v.) lock in, lock away, lock, put away, shut up, shut away, lock up (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"
  • (v.) lock (pass by means through a lock in a waterway)
  • (v.) lock (build locks in order to facilitate the navigation of vessels).
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APAWordNet. (2010). lock. Retrieved January 26, 2015, from http://smartdefine.org/lock/definitions/1192203
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "lock" http://smartdefine.org/lock/definitions/1192203 (accessed January 26, 2015).
HarvardWordNet 2010, lock, Smart Define, viewed 26 January, 2015, <http://smartdefine.org/lock/definitions/1192203>.
MLAWordNet. "lock" 23 October 2010. Web. 26 January 2015. <http://smartdefine.org/lock/definitions/1192203>
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