Definitions of lock

  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 link together; to clasp closely; as, to lock arms.
  3. To furnish with locks; also, to raise or lower ( a boat) in a lock.
  4. To seize, as the sword arm of an antagonist, by turning the left arm around it, to disarm him.
  5. 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.
  6. To fasten or secure with a lock; shut up; confine.
  7. 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.
  8. To fasten with a lock; clasp closely.
  9. To make fast; shut in or out securely.
  10. To become fast, as by means of a lock or by interlacing; as, the door locks close.
  11. To become fast by a lock; entwine.
  12. To become fast: to unite closely.
  13. keep engaged; " engaged the gears"
  14. become engaged or intermeshed with one another; " They were locked in embrace"
  15. pass by means through a lock in a waterway
  16. become rigid or immoveable; of bones; " Don't lock your knees in this exercise"
  17. 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"
  18. fasten with a lock; " lock the bike to the fence"
  19. build locks in order to facilitate the navigation of vessels
  20. To be securely closed; be held fast.
  21. To fasten with a lock; to fasten, so as to impede motion; to shut up or confine; to close fast; to embrace closely; to provide with locks; to seize the sword- arm of an antagonist by a peculiar movement.
  22. To fasten with a lock; to shut up or confine; to close fast; to embrace closely; to become fast.
  23. a restraint incorporated into the ignition switch to prevent the use of a vehicle by persons who do not have the key
  24. any wrestling hold in which some part of the opponent's body is twisted or pressured
  25. a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed
  26. a mechanism that detonates the charge of a gun
  27. become rigid or immoveable; " The therapist noticed that the patient's knees tended to lock in this exercise"
  28. hold fast ( in a certain state); " He was locked in a laughing fit"
  29. A tuft of hair; a flock or small quantity of wool, hay, or other like substance; a tress or ringlet of hair.
  30. 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.
  31. A fastening together or interlacing; a closing of one thing upon another; a state of being fixed or immovable.
  32. A place from which egress is prevented, as by a lock.
  33. The barrier or works which confine the water of a stream or canal.
  34. That part or apparatus of a firearm by which the charge is exploded; as, a matchlock, flintlock, percussion lock, etc.
  35. A device for keeping a wheel from turning.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. A mechanical device furnished with a spring and bolt for fastening a door, etc., by means of a key; anything that fastens; an inclosure between gates in a canal, river, etc., used in raising or lowering boats as they pass from level to level; a mechanism for firing a gun; a tuft of hair or wool; ringlet.
  39. An instrument to fasten doors, etc.: an inclosure 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.
  40. A tuft or ringlet of hair: a flock of wool, etc.
  41. Fastening for a door, & c.; inclosed space in a canal; contrivance for discharging a gun; tuft of hair.
  42. A device to fasten doors, drawers, etc., by means of a key.
  43. A spring mechanism for discharging a firearm.
  44. An enclosure in a canal, with floodgates, to control the water level.
  45. A tuft, as of hair.
  46. Anything that fastens; an instrument to fasten doors, & c.; an enclosure or lock- up; the part of a fire- arm by which it is discharged; an inclosure in a canal, with gates at each end, for raising or lowering the boats; a state of being locked; a grapple in wrestling.
  47. A tuft of hair; a tuft of wool, hay, or other like substance; a ringlet of hair.
  48. A machine for fastening doors, & c., by means of a key; the part of a gun or rifle by which it is discharged; the part of a canal confined by gates; any narrow confined place or enclosure.
  49. A tuft of hair; a small bunch or tuft of wool; ringlets or straggling tufts of hair around the forehead.