a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed
lock, curl, ringlet, whorl(noun)
a strand or cluster of hair
a mechanism that detonates the charge of a gun
lock, lock chamber(noun)
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
lock, ignition lock(noun)
a restraint incorporated into the ignition switch to prevent the use of a vehicle by persons who do not have the key
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"
engage, mesh, lock, operate(verb)
"engaged the gears"
engross, operate, affiance, enlist, plight, operate on, run, function, hire, interlace, maneuver, take, employ, lock up, shut up, ensnarl, enmesh, pursue, control, manoeuver, go, prosecute, manoeuvre, lease, shut away, charter, betroth, mesh, wage, rent, work, lock in, lock away, absorb, occupy, interlock, put away, engage
become rigid or immoveable
"The therapist noticed that the patient's knees tended to lock in this exercise"
lock, interlock, interlace(verb)
hold in a locking position
"He locked his hands around her neck"
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"
lock in, lock away, lock, put away, shut up, shut away, lock up(verb)
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"
throw out, toss out, lag, discard, seal in, put to sleep, immure, jug, tuck away, jail, toss away, button up, interlace, hush up, cast away, remand, lock up, still, shut up, cast aside, put behind bars, close up, dispose, clam up, imprison, put aside, shut away, belt up, cast out, chuck out, toss, throw away, be quiet, mesh, quieten, gaol, fling, dummy up, silence, lock in, keep mum, lock away, operate, tuck in, hush, interlock, put away, engage, incarcerate
pass by means through a lock in a waterway
build locks in order to facilitate the navigation of vessels
English Synonyms and Antonyms
A bar is a piece of wood or metal, usually of considerable size, by which an opening is obstructed, a door held fast, etc. A bar may be movable or permanent; a bolt is a movable rod or pin of metal, sliding in a socket and adapted for securing a door or window. A lock is an arrangement by which an enclosed bolt is shot forward or backward by a key, or other device; the bolt is the essential part of the lock. A latch or catch is an accessible fastening designed to be easily movable, and simply to secure against accidental opening of the door, cover, etc. A hasp is a metallic strap that fits over a staple, calculated to be secured by a padlock; a simple hook that fits into a staple is also called a hasp. A clasp is a fastening that can be sprung into place, to draw and hold the parts of some enclosing object firmly together, as the clasp of a book.
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How to use lock in a sentence?
We have to lock up people, without trial, whether they are communists, whether they are language chauvinists, whether they are religious extremists. If you don't do that, the country would be in ruins.
We never want to lock out our joints, ever, especially during pregnancy, you have relaxin, that hormone running through your body that just makes you more hypermobile.
It really boils down to public safety, if you can lock somebody up for life and know that they are not going to get parole, why wouldn’t you do that?
U.S. producers have been quick to lock in price protection as the market rallies given that the vast number of companies remain significantly under hedged relative to historically normal levels.
It's already a year since Mr Rouhani tried his magic key to turn around America's wolfish nature. Instead of turning, the key of trust and optimism broke in the lock, we have no idea what happened in Vienna ... What has been agreed upon in Vienna?
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