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lock

noun

1 lock

A fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed.

Roget 350: conduit, channel, duct, watercourse, race; head race, tail race; abito, aboideau, aboiteau [Fr.], bito; acequia, acequiador, acequiamadre; ... show more

Roget 752: prison, prison house; jail, gaol, cage, coop, den, cell; stronghold, fortress, keep, donjon, dungeon, Bastille, ... show more

Roget 45: vinculum, link; connective, connection; junction etc. 43; bond of union, copula, hyphen, intermedium; bracket; bridge, stepping-stone, ... show more

Roget 265: rest; stillness etc. adj.; quiescence; stagnation, stagnancy; fixity, immobility, catalepsy; indisturbance; quietism.    quiet, ... show more

Polish: zamek



2 lock

A strand or cluster of hair.

synonyms: curl, ringlet, whorl.

Roget 256: roughness etc. adj.; tooth, grain, texture, ripple; asperity, rugosity, salebrosity, corrugation, nodosity; arborescence ... show more

Dutch: rotatie, haarlok, lok, tres
Polish: kosmyk, pasemko

3 lock

A mechanism that detonates the charge of a gun.

4 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.

synonym: lock chamber.

Dutch: haan, sluis, koker, kolk, sluiskolk
Polish: śluza

5 lock

A restraint incorporated into the ignition switch to prevent the use of a vehicle by persons who do not have the key.

synonym: ignition lock.

6 lock

Any wrestling hold in which some part of the opponent's body is twisted or pressured.

verb

1 lock

Fasten with a lock.

Roget 706: hinder, impede, filibuster [U.S.], impedite, embarrass.    keep off, stave off, ward off; obviate; avert, antevert; turn aside, draw off, ... show more

Dutch: afgrendelen, vergrendelen

2 lock

Keep engaged.

synonyms: engage, mesh, operate.

3 lock

Become rigid or immoveable.

4 lock

Hold in a locking position:
— He locked his hands around her neck.

synonyms: interlace, interlock.

Roget 43: join, unite; conjoin, connect; associate; put together, lay together, clap together, hang together, lump together, hold together, piece together [Fr.], tack together, fix together, ... show more

Dutch: ineengrijpen

5 lock

Become engaged or intermeshed with one another:
— They were locked in embrace.

synonym: interlock.

6 lock

Hold fast (in a certain state).

7 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.

synonyms: lock away, lock in, lock up, put away, shut away, shut up.

Dutch: kop dicht

8 lock

Pass by means through a lock in a waterway.

9 lock

Build locks in order to facilitate the navigation of vessels.


Moby thesaurus: aboideau, accord, agree, air lock, answer to, articulate, assent, assort with, authority, bang, bar, barricade, barrier, batten, batten down, be consistent, be of one, be uniform with, bear hug, bind ... show more.

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