Webster 1913 Edition
locc; akin to D.
locke, OHG. loc, Icel.
lokkr, and perh. to Gr. [GREEK] 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.
locks, the pursuivants of death.
locinclosure, an inclosed place, the fastening of a door, fr.
lūcanto lock, fasten; akin to OS.
lūkan(in comp.), D.
lūkan(in comp.); cf. Skr.
rujto break. Cf.
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.
A fastening together or interlacing; a closing of one thing upon another; a state of being fixed or immovable.
Albemarle Street closed by a
A place from which egress is prevented, as by a lock.
The barrier or works which 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; – called also
That part or apparatus of a firearm by which the charge is exploded;
as, a match
A device for keeping a wheel from turning.
A grapple in wrestling.
a lock containing a contrivance for showing whether it as has been tampered with.–
the body of water in a lock chamber.–
the inclosed space between the gates of a canal lock.–
Check nut, under
a plate to which the mechanism of a gunlock is attached.–
in ordinary paneled doors, the rail nearest the lock.
a range of bond stone.
a door lock inserted in a mortise.–
a lock fastened to the face of a door, thus differing from a
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To fasten with a lock, or as with a lock; to make fast; to prevent free movement of;
locka door, a carriage wheel, a river, etc.
To prevent ingress or access to, or exit from, by fastening the lock or locks of; – often with
as, to. etc.
lock up, a house, jail, room, trunk
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
lockone’s self in a room; to
lockup the prisoners; to
lockup one's silver; to
lockintruders out of the house; to
lockmoney into a vault; to
locka child in one's arms; to
locka secret in one's breast.
To link together; to clasp closely;“ Lock hand in hand.”
To furnish with locks; also, to raise or lower (a boat) in a lock.
To seize, as the sword arm of an antagonist, by turning the left arm around it, to disarm him.
To become fast, as by means of a lock or by interlacing;
as, the door.
lockednone might through it pass.
To lock into,
to fit or slide into;
lock intoeach other
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Lock, in its primary sense, is any thing that fastens; but we now appropriate the word to an instrument composed of a spring, wards, and a bolt of iron or steel, used to fasten doors, chests and the like. The bolt is moved by a key.
2.The part of a musket or fowling-piece or other fire-arm, which contains the pan, trigger, &c.
3.The barrier or works of a canal, which confine the water, consisting of a dam, banks or walls, with two gates or pairs of gates, which may be opened or shut at pleasure.
4.A grapple in wrestling.
6.A tuft of hair; a plexus of wool, hay or other like substance; a flock; a ringlet of hair.
A lock of hair will draw more than a cable rope.
Lock of water, is the measure equal to the contents of the chamber of the locks by which the consumption of water on a canal is estimated.