lock
I. noun Etymology: Middle English lok, from Old English locc; akin to Old High German loc lock, Greek lygos withe, Latin luxus dislocated Date: before 12th century 1. a. a tuft, tress, or ringlet of hair b. plural the hair of the head 2. a cohering bunch (as of wool, cotton, or flax) ; tuft 3. plural dreadlock 2 II. noun Etymology: Middle English lok, from Old English loc; akin to Old High German loh enclosure and perhaps to Old English locc lock of hair Date: before 12th century 1. a. a fastening (as for a door) operated by a key or a combination b. the mechanism for exploding the charge or cartridge of a firearm 2. a. an enclosure (as in a canal) with gates at each end used in raising or lowering boats as they pass from level to level b. air lock 3. a. a locking or fastening together b. an intricate mass of objects impeding each other (as in a traffic jam) c. a hold in wrestling secured on one part of the body; broadly a controlling hold <
his paper…had a lock on a large part of the state — John Corry
>
4. one that is assured of success or favorable outcome III. verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to fasten the lock of b. to make fast with or as if with a lock <
lock up the house
>
2. a. to fasten in or out or to make secure or inaccessible by or as if by means of locks <
locked himself away from the curious world
>
<
locked her husband out
>
b. to fix in a particular situation or method of operation <
a team firmly locked in last place
>
3. a. to make fast, motionless, or inflexible especially by the interlacing or interlocking of parts <
lock wheels
>
<
lock a knee
>
b. to hold in a close embrace c. to grapple in combat; also to bind closely <
administration and students were locked in conflict
>
4. to invest (capital) without assurance of easy convertibility into money 5. to move or permit to pass (as a ship) by raising or lowering in a lock intransitive verb 1. a. to become locked b. to be capable of being locked 2. interlace, interlock 3. to go or pass by means of a lock (as in a canal) • lockable adjective

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  • Lock — Lock, n. [AS. loc inclosure, an inclosed place, the fastening of a door, fr. l[=u]can to lock, fasten; akin to OS. l[=u]kan (in comp.), D. luiken, OHG. l[=u]hhan, Icel. l[=u]ka, Goth. l[=u]kan (in comp.); cf. Skr. ruj to break. Cf. {Locket}.] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lock — Lock, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Locked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Locking}.] 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To prevent ingress or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lock — lock1 [läk] n. [ME < OE loc, a bolt, bar, enclosure, prison, akin to Ger loch, a hole, ON lok, a lid, prob. < IE base * leug , to bend > Gr lygos, supple twig, L luctȧri, to struggle] 1. a mechanical device furnished with a bolt and,… …   English World dictionary

  • Lock — may refer to:* Lock (surname)Mechanical devices* Lock (device), a mechanical device used to secure possessions * Lock (firearm), the ignition mechanism used on early projectile weapons * Lock (water transport), an enclosure in a navigable canal… …   Wikipedia

  • lock — Ⅰ. lock [1] ► NOUN 1) a mechanism for keeping a door or container fastened, typically operated by a key. 2) a similar device used to prevent the operation of a vehicle or other machine. 3) a short section of a canal or river with gates and… …   English terms dictionary

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  • Lock — Lock, v. i. To become fast, as by means of a lock or by interlacing; as, the door locks close. [1913 Webster] When it locked none might through it pass. Spenser. [1913 Webster] {To lock into}, to fit or slide into; as, they lock into each other.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Löck — ist der Name folgender Personen: Carsta Löck (1902–1993), deutsche Schauspielerin Georg Löck (1782–1858), deutscher Rechtsanwalt Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demselben Wort bezeichneter …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Lock — (l[o^]k), n. [AS. locc; akin to D. lok, G. locke, OHG. loc, Icel. lokkr, and perh. to Gr. ? to bend, twist.] A tuft of hair; a flock or small quantity of wool, hay, or other like substance; a tress or ringlet of hair. [1913 Webster] These gray… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lock — I verb arrest, attach, band, bar, barricade, block, blockade, bolt, cage, catch, cement, check, cinch, clasp, close, close fast, condudere, confine, connect, couple, curb, cut off, dam, encircle, enclose, enthrall, entwine, fasten, fuse, glue,… …   Law dictionary

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