• "'Be off, or I will have you locked up!'"
    "'Be off, or I will have you locked up!'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v lock become rigid or immoveable "The therapist noticed that the patient's knees tended to lock in this exercise"
    • v lock 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 fasten with a lock "lock the bike to the fence"
    • v lock keep engaged "engaged the gears"
    • v lock become engaged or intermeshed with one another "They were locked in embrace"
    • v lock hold in a locking position "He locked his hands around her neck"
    • v lock build locks in order to facilitate the navigation of vessels
    • v lock hold fast (in a certain state) "He was locked in a laughing fit"
    • v lock pass by means through a lock in a waterway
    • n lock any wrestling hold in which some part of the opponent's body is twisted or pressured
    • n lock a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed
    • n 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 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 a mechanism that detonates the charge of a gun
    • n lock a strand or cluster of hair
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"The two were soon locked in fight." "The two were soon locked in fight."
The majority of the locks and keys used in the early houses were imported from England The majority of the locks and keys used in the early houses were imported from England
Jo undertook to pinch the papered locks Jo undertook to pinch the papered locks
Lock wire binder Lock wire binder

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over 1,600 people in North America have been victims of trunk entrapment (being locked inside of a car trunk)
    • Lock A device for keeping a wheel from turning.
    • Lock 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."
    • Lock A grapple in wrestling.
    • Lock A place from which egress is prevented, as by a lock.
    • n Lock lŏk 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."
    • Lock 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.
    • Lock 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.
    • Lock That part or apparatus of a firearm by which the charge is exploded; as, a matchlock, flintlock, percussion lock, etc.
    • Lock The barrier or works which confine the water of a stream or canal.
    • v. i Lock 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."
    • Lock 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.
    • Lock 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.
    • Lock (Canals) To furnish with locks; also, to raise or lower (a boat) in a lock.
    • Lock To link together; to clasp closely; as, to lock arms. "Lock hand in hand."
    • Lock 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.
    • Lock (Fencing) To seize, as the sword arm of an antagonist, by turning the left arm around it, to disarm him.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If you lock your knee while standing long enough, you will pass out.
    • n lock Anything that fastens something else; specifically, an appliance for securing in position a door, gate, window, drawer, lid, etc., when closed, by means of a key, or of some secret contrivance requiring manipulation by one to whom it is known; hence, any device that prevents movement. The essential parts of an ordinary lock are a bolt, wards, tumbler, and a spring. The bolt is a bar which slides or catches in an opening made to receive it. The spring serves to maintain the bolt in one of two positions—that is, either extended or retracted—corresponding to locking and unlocking. The wards are strips of metal placed within the lock and designed to obstruct the passage of all keys except the one fitted to them. The tumbler is a pivoted bar, or other device, used to hold the bolt in one position, and intended to render it difficult to operate the lock except by the right key. Locks are made in a great variety of styles and shapes, and for many different positions and uses. The security of locks in general depends on the number of impediments or wards that are interposed between the key and the bolt which secures the door.
    • n lock A forelock; a cotter or key.
    • n lock In firearms, a piece of mechanism which explodes the charge. This is effected either by striking a sharp blow which explodes a fulminating powder or strikes sparks from a flint, etc., or by communicating fire directly to the priming, as in the old match-lock.
    • n lock A form of brake or drag for the wheels of a vehicle, used to prevent them from turning in descending steep hills; a lock-chain or skid-chain.
    • n lock The swerving to the right or left of the fore-carriage, deviating from the line of direction of the hind wheels and the trend of the carriages proper. It is called the haw or gee lock respectively, according as it is to the left or right of the driver.
    • n lock In plastering, the projection of the plaster, cement, etc., behind the laths, which serves to prevent it from scaling off.
    • n lock A place shut in or locked up; an inclosure; a lockup.
    • n lock A barrier to confine the water of a stream or canal; an inclosure in a canal, with gates at each end, used in raising or lowering boats as they pass from one level to another. When a vessel is descending, water is let into the chamber of the lock till it is on a level with the higher water, and thus permits the vessel to enter; the upper gates are then closed, and, the lower gates being gradually opened, the water in the lock falls to the level of the low water, and the vessel passes out. In ascending, the operation is reversed. See cut under canal-lock.
    • n lock A fastening together; a closing of one thing upon another; a state of being fixed or immovable; also, a grapple in wrestling; a hug.
    • n lock See dead-lock.
    • lock To close; shut; now, specifically, to close and fasten by means of a lock and key: as, to lock a door or a trunk.
    • lock To fasten so as to impede motion: as, to lock a wheel.
    • lock To shut (up) or confine with or as if with a lock, or in an inclosed place; close or fasten (in): with up or in.
    • lock To close or make fast; press closely together, as separate portions; fix steadfastly or immovably: as, the streams are locked by ice.
    • lock To join or unite firmly, as by intertwining, interlinking, or infolding: as, to lock arms.
    • lock To embrace closely; infold.
    • lock To furnish with a lock.
    • lock In fencing, to seize, as the sword-arm of an antagonist, by turning the left arm round it, after closing the passade, shell to shell, in order to disarm him.
    • lock To shut out; prevent from gaining access (to).
    • lock To enable to pass through a lock, as in a canal. See lock, n., 8.
    • lock (b To confine; restrain or secure by locking or fastening in: as, to lock up a prisoner; to lock up silver.
    • lock To secure or place in such a position as not to be available for use: as, his money was locked up in unprofitable enterprises.
    • lock To become fast; admit of being fastened or locked: as, the door will not lock.
    • lock To unite closely by mutual insertion of parts.
    • n lock A tuft of hair or wool; anything resembling such a tuft; a tress; used absolutely in the plural, hair collectively.
    • n lock A tuft or small quantity, as of hay or some similar substance; a small quantity of anything; a handful; specifically, in Scots law, the perquisite of the servant in a mill, consisting of a quantity of meal, regulated by the custom of the mill.
    • n lock A love-lock.
    • n lock A receiver of stolen goods; also, the house in which such a ‘fence’ receives stolen goods.
    • n lock A transposition or duplication of pages on the printed Sheet of a book.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Kim Basinger fears large crowds. She even locked herself in her house for 4 months, because of this fear.
    • n Lock lok a device to fasten doors, &c.: an enclosure 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
    • v.t Lock 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
    • v.i Lock to become fast: to unite closely
    • n Lock lok a tuft or ringlet of hair: a small quantity, as of hay: :
    • n Lock lok (Scots law) a quantity of meal, the perquisite of a mill-servant
    • n Lock lok (Shak.) a love-lock— Lock′man, an officer in the Isle of Man who acts as a kind of under-sheriff to the governor.
    • ***


  • Virginia Woolf
    “I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.”
  • Joe Paterno
    Joe Paterno
    “Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks.”
  • Edgar Watson Howe
    “Many a man is saved from being a thief by finding everything locked up.”
  • Jewish Proverb
    Jewish Proverb
    “Locks keep out only the honest.”
  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
    “A louse in the locks of literature.”
  • Elizabeth Bowen
    “Never to lie is to have no lock to your door, you are never wholly alone.”


Lock and load - This is a military term meaning "be ready and prepared".
Lock horns - When people lock horns, they argue or fight about something.
Lock the stable door after the horse has bolted - If someone takes action too late, they do this; there is no reason to lock an empty stable.
Lock, stock and barrel - This is an expressions that means 'everything'; if someone buys a company lock, stock and barrel, they buy absolutely everything to do with the company.
Under lock and key - If something is under lock and key, it is stored very securely.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. loc, inclosure, an inclosed place, the fastening of a door, fr. lūcan, to lock, fasten; akin to OS. lūkan,in comp.), D. luiken, OHG. lūhhan, Icel. lūka, Goth. lūkan,in comp.); cf. Skr. ruj, to break. Cf. Locket
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. locc; Ice. lokkr, Ger. locke, a lock.


In literature:

Then I returned the code to its place, locked the safe, and then used another key on the bunch to lock a drawer in this desk.
"The Red Triangle" by Arthur Morrison
While the low lock gates at the Atlantic side are sixty-four feet high the low lock gates at the Pacific side are eighty-two feet high.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
He had ordered that the Venetians' weapons be kept under lock and key.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
The lock gave and, thrusting the girl in, he swung the door to behind them.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Locked in a room with me, the chaplain was sweetness itself, but for a while at least remained at a distance.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
He snatched this up and began smashing at the door, directing vigorous blows at the lock.
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
The guard wouldn't see us until we were right at the lock.
"The Passing of Ku Sui" by Anthony Gilmore
The Count and his friend then left me, and locked the door on the outside.
"The Bright Face of Danger" by Robert Neilson Stephens
So lock the doors, and tell your mistress to go to bed.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
He expected the greasy saloonkeeper to follow, but instead that worthy slammed the door upon him and turned the lock.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer

In poetry:

Look on the brows of snow,
The locks brown-bright;
Only young sleep can show
Such brows of placid snow,
Such locks of night.
"Pictured" by Madison Julius Cawein
'Tis a fearful thing when sleeping
To be startled by the shock,
And to hear the rattling trumpet
Thunder, "Coming to a lock!"
"Ballad of the Canal" by Phoebe Cary
Her silver locks display the moon,
Her brows a cloudy show,
Striped rainbows round her eyes are seen,
And showers from either flow.
"On Lyce - An Elderly Lady" by Samuel Johnson
Somber locks and tresses fair,
In them all your fingers tangle;
Leave them lest your heart should strangle
In a noose of woman's hair.
"Don Juan Sings" by Clark Ashton Smith
Stern and bold this reaper's reaping,
And his locks are thin and white,
Yet he bravely wields the sickle,
And is reaping day and night.
"The Reaper" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Years went and came. At close of day
Singing came a child from play,
Tossing from her loose-locked head
Gold in sunshine, brown in shade.
"The Truce of Piscataqua" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Locks 85 through 105 were in Chenango County.
Elisabetta Canalis and Steve-O were snapped locking lips while having a romantic dinner at Rome's Shinto Sushi restaurant.
At the end of each year, the Committee to Protect Journalists counts the number of journalists imprisoned worldwide and lists the countries in which they're locked up.
When I was in college, such hood locks were rare.
York schools locked down after nearby car window shatters.
Susanne was taking her 92 year old mother to an Albuquerque New Mexico clinic the other day, and saw a dog locked in a car with the window cracked just a little, and not enough.
Heather A Lacey's 3-year-old son sat naked in a locked bedroom caked with human waste.
They're substantial, slightly sweet and a revelation to the land-locked palate, not to mention worth top dollar.
The Total Lock Brake is now available on all of Colson's Encore Dolly line swivel casters .
Wireless devices here are generally "locked" by carriers so that they work only with that carrier's network and software applications.
A metal chain locked with a padlock was wrapped around the girl's ankle when she was found by police, officials said.
The mortise lock has been around for more than 100 years, installed into commercial buildings and residences.
Lock yourself down, or fry trying.
When I first started doing lock work, I was told to be very careful and read the packaging to be certain the lock installed onto the door was the correct finish and operation.
The Pacer 's unassisted steering required nearly six full turns of the wheel to get from lock-to-lock.

In science:

Forrester, Exact solution of the lock step model of vicious walkers, J.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
This phase locking to a stimulus can be detected before amplitude changes occur.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
In we described the basis for such comparisons via the FN-CL interface looking for phase locking and energy plateaux in the waveforms.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
Specially useful, as an independent test of linearization, is the locking of the phases observed after 5M of evolution.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
The two block spins interacts with each other through the effective antiferromagnetic coupling (J ′ ) generated by the antiferromagnetic bond (JAF ). (3) At low temperatures, the two block spins are locked into one S = 1/2 spin.
Modified spin-wave study of random antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic spin chains