Definition of 'lock'
- a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed
- a strand or cluster of hair
Synonyms: curl ringlet whorl
- a mechanism that detonates the charge of a gun
- 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
Synonyms: lock chamber
- a restraint incorporated into the ignition switch to prevent the use of a vehicle by persons who do not have the key
Synonyms: ignition lock
- any wrestling hold in which some part of the opponent's body is twisted or pressured
- fasten with a lock; "lock the bike to the fence"
Antonyms: unlock unlock
- keep engaged; "engaged the gears"
Synonyms: engage mesh operate
Antonyms: disengage withdraw
- become rigid or immoveable; "The therapist noticed that the patient's knees tended to lock in this exercise"
- hold in a locking position; "He locked his hands around her neck"
Synonyms: interlock interlace
- become engaged or intermeshed with one another; "They were locked in embrace"
- hold fast (in a certain state); "He was locked in a laughing fit"
- 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 in lock away put away shut up shut away lock up
- pass by means through a lock in a waterway
- build locks in order to facilitate the navigation of vessels