Padlock Pad"lock`, n. [Perh. orig., a lock for a pad gate, or a gate opening to a path, or perh., a lock for a basket or pannier, and from Prov. E. pad a pannier. Cf. {Pad} a path, {Paddler}.] 1. A portable lock with a bow which is usually jointed or pivoted at one end so that it can be opened, the other end being fastened by the bolt, -- used for fastening by passing the bow through a staple over a hasp or through the links of a chain, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: A curb; a restraint. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Padlock — Pad lock , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Padlocked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Padlocking}.] To fasten with, or as with, a padlock; to stop; to shut; to confine as by a padlock. Milton. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • padlock — ► NOUN ▪ a detachable lock hanging by a pivoted hook on the object fastened. ► VERB ▪ secure with a padlock. ORIGIN pad is of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • padlock — [pad′läk΄] n. [ME padlocke < pad (< ?) + lokke, LOCK1] a removable lock with a hinged or pivoting link to be passed through a staple, chain, or eye vt. 1. to fasten with or as with a padlock 2. to close (a building) against entrance …   English World dictionary

  • padlock — index handcuff, lock Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • padlock — (n.) removable lock, late 15c., from lokke (see LOCK (Cf. lock) (n.)), but the first element is a complete mystery. The verb is attested from 1640s. Related: Padlocked; padlocking …   Etymology dictionary

  • Padlock — For other uses, see Padlock (disambiguation). Padlock Padlocks are portable locks used to protect against theft, vandalism, sabotage, unauthorized use, and harm. They are designed to protect against some degree of forced and surreptitious entry …   Wikipedia

  • padlock — I UK [ˈpædˌlɒk] / US [ˈpædlɑk] noun [countable] Word forms padlock : singular padlock plural padlocks a lock that you can fix to something such as a gate, bicycle, or suitcase. It has a curved bar on top that moves when you open the lock with a… …   English dictionary

  • padlock — [[t]pæ̱dlɒk[/t]] padlocks, padlocking, padlocked 1) N COUNT A padlock is a lock which is used for fastening two things together. It consists of a block of metal with a U shaped bar attached to it. One end of the bar is released by turning a key… …   English dictionary

  • padlock — 1. noun a lock, usually with a panel with numbered dials that must be rotated in a specific fashion in order to unlock 2. verb to lock using a padlock Janitors padlock the gates (Del Amitri, Nothing Ever Happens) …   Wiktionary

  • padlock — pad|lock [ˈpædlɔk US la:k] n [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: pad (of unknown origin) + lock] a lock that you can put on a gate, door, bicycle etc ▪ He undid the padlock and eased back the lid. >padlock v [T] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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