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Lock appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • Black Rock Brain Lock
  • If you stick a stock of liquor in your locker
    it is slick to stick a lock upon your stock
    or some joker who is slicker
    is going to trick you of your liquor
    if you fail to lock your liquor with a lock.
  • To sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock,
    In a pestilential prison, with a life-long lock,
    Awaiting the sensation of a short, sharp shock,
    From a cheap and chippy chopper on a big black block!
    To sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock,
    In a pestilential prison, with a life-long lock,
    Awaiting the sensation of a short, sharp shock,
    From a cheap and chippy chopper on a big black block!
    A dull, dark dock, a life-long lock,
    A short, sharp shock, a big black block!
    To sit in solemn silence in a pestilential prison,
    And awaiting the sensation
    From a cheap and chippy chopper on a big black block!
    (by W.S. Gilbert of Gilbert and Sullivan from The Mikado)

Lock appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Hero, lock radar of steel fleets for a dark color eh?
  • Eva, can I brag one row I’d lock rats to got stark cold?: I wore no garb in a cave.
  • "Enola won’t lock radar on a mare!" vowed Emil now, as I saw on lime dew over a manor a dark colt, now alone.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun lock:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb lock:


Comparison of usage frequency between the verb lock and its most common antonym:


Lock is sometimes a misspelling of locked or luck.

The word lock is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun lock

What does lock mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: locks

  1. a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: fastener / fastening / fixing / holdfast = restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place
    • more specific terms:
      • combination lock = lock that can be opened only by turning dials in a special sequence
      • cylinder lock = a lock in which a cylinder rotates to move a bolt; tumblers are pins
      • doorlock = a lock on an exterior door
      • door latch / latch = spring-loaded doorlock that can only be opened from the outside with a key
      • lever lock = a lock whose tumblers are levers that must be raised to a given position so that the bolt can move
      • padlock = a detachable lock
      • sash fastener / window lock / sash lock = a lock attached to the sashes of a double hung window that can fix both in the shut position
    • part of: door = a swinging or sliding barrier that will close the entrance to a room or building or vehicle; drawer = a boxlike container in a piece of furniture; gate = a movable barrier in a fence or wall; lid = a movable top or cover (hinged or separate) for closing the opening at the top of a box, chest, jar, pan, etc.
    • parts:
      • deadbolt / bolt = the part of a lock that is engaged or withdrawn with a key
      • keyhole = the hole where a key is inserted
      • tumbler = a movable obstruction in a lock that must be adjusted to a given position (as by a key) before the bolt can be thrown
  2. a strand or cluster of hair
    • lexical domain: Body Parts - nouns denoting body parts
    • synonyms of lock: curl / ringlet / whorl
    • more generic word: hair = a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures
    • more specific terms:
      • sausage curl = a fat sausage-shaped curl
      • forelock = a lock of hair growing (or falling) over the forehead
      • crimp = a lock of hair that has been artificially waved or curled
      • dreadlock = one of many long thin braids of hair radiating from the scalp
    • part of: coif / coiffure / hair style / hairdo / hairstyle = the arrangement of the hair
  3. a mechanism that detonates the charge of a gun
  4. 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
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of lock: lock chamber
    • more generic word: enclosure = a structure consisting of an area that has been enclosed for some purpose
    • part of: canal = long and narrow strip of water made for boats or for irrigation
  5. a restraint incorporated into the ignition switch to prevent the use of a vehicle by persons who do not have the key
  6. any wrestling hold in which some part of the opponent's body is twisted or pressured
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic term: wrestling hold = a hold used in the sport of wrestling
    • more specific words:
      • hammerlock = a wrestling hold in which the opponent's arm is twisted up behind his back
      • headlock = a wrestling hold in which the opponent's head is locked between the crook of your elbow and the side of your body

Alternative definition of the noun lock


  1. Something used for fastening, which can only be opened with a key or combination.
  2. [computing, by extension] A mutex or other token restricting access to a resource.
  3. A segment of a canal or other waterway enclosed by gates, used for raising and lowering boats between levels.
  4. The firing mechanism of a gun.
  5. Complete control over a situation.
  6. Something sure to be a success.
  7. [rugby] A player in the scrum behind the front row, usually the tallest members of the team.
  8. tuft or length of hair

Specialised definition of the noun lock

Glossary of sports / rugby union

one of two forwards, who usually wear Nos. 4 and 5, and generally the two largest players on a team

Definition of the verb lock

What does lock mean as a doing word?

Lock is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: locked | locking | locks

  1. fasten with a lock
  2. keep engaged
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of lock: engage / mesh / operate
    • more generic words: displace / move = cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
    • more specific words:
      • switch / throw / flip = cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation
      • ride = keep partially engaged by slightly depressing a pedal with the foot
  3. become rigid or immoveable
    • example: The therapist noticed that the patient's knees tended to lock in this exercise
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • antonym: unlock
    • more generic word: engage = get caught
  4. hold in a locking position
    • example: He locked his hands around her neck
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of lock: interlace / interlock
    • more generic terms: hold / take hold = have or hold in one's hands or grip
  5. become engaged or intermeshed with one another
    • example: They were locked in embrace
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of lock: interlock
    • more generic words: bosom / embrace / hug / squeeze = hold (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness
  6. hold fast (in a certain state)
  7. place in a place where something cannot be removed or someone cannot escape
    • examples: The parents locked her daughter up for the weekend | She locked her jewels in the safe
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of lock: lock away / lock in / lock up / put away / shut away / shut up
    • more generic word: confine = prevent from leaving or from being removed
  8. pass by means through a lock in a waterway
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: pass = go across or through
  9. build locks in order to facilitate the navigation of vessels
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic words: build / construct / make = make by combining materials and parts


Lock is a town in the centre of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. It is central Eyre Peninsula's main grain storage hub, as it is surrounded by a predominantly farming community, with emphasis on cereal crop production. The town has a hotel, caravan park, motel, supermarket, post office, police station, sporting complex, golf and bowling clubs and area school. At the 2006 census, Lock had a population of 290.


Who is Lock?

Lock a.k.a. Ormer Locklear: Ormer Leslie "Lock" Locklear was an American daredevil stunt pilot and film actor during and immediately after World War I.


Lock is a publisher.


Lock is a zoo animal.


  1. Lock is a fictional character from the 2003 film The Matrix Revolutions.
  2. Lock is a fictional character from the 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas.

There are other characters with in their name, like Lock Up and Lock-Up.


  1. "Lock" is a musical album of Chris Moore.
    • released on (14 years ago)
  2. "Lock" is a composition.


  1. Lock: A lock is a mechanical or electronic fastening device that is released by a physical object, by supplying secret information, or by a combination thereof.
    • also known as 锁
  2. Lock: En un equipo de rugby hay dos posiciones denominadas segundas líneas. Los segundas líneas se colocan tras la primera línea en la melé. Habitualmente son los que portan los dorsales 4 y 5.
    • also known as Loose Forward
  3. Lock: In computer science, a lock is a synchronization mechanism for enforcing limits on access to a resource in an environment where there are many threads of execution. A lock is designed to enforce a mutual exclusion concurrency control policy.
    • also known as 锁
  4. The lock of a muzzle-loading firearm is the system used to ignite the propellant. Types of lock include matchlock, wheellock, snaplock, doglock, snaphance, flintlock, modern percussion, rotating bolt, and experimental electronic types. Parts of the lock can include the wheel and the hammer and frizzen. A complete muzzleloader consists of lock, stock, and barrel. In breech-loading weapons, the general mechanism for handling ammunition is known as the firearm action.
  5. Lock a.k.a. -lock: The suffix -lock in Modern English survives only in wedlock. It descends from Old English -lác which was more productive, carrying a meaning of "action or proceeding, state of being, practice, ritual". As a noun, Old English lác means "play, sport", deriving from an earlier meaning of "sacrificial ritual or hymn". A putative term for a "hymn to the gods" in early Germanic paganism is attested only as a personal name, Oslac.
  6. Lock: There are several types of Lock Step in International Standard Waltz. A "lock step" is when the moving foot approaches to the standing foot and crosses in front of or behind it, creating a "check" position.
  7. Lock is a family name.

Phrases with Lock

Phrases starting with the word Lock:

  1. lock in
  2. Lock On
  3. lock up
  4. Lock-in
  5. Lock key
  6. lock out
  7. lock away
  8. Lock Lips
  9. Lock Pick
  10. lock ring
  11. Lock Time
  12. lock-gate

Phrases ending with the word Lock:

  1. -LOCK
  2. air lock
  3. Num lock
  4. Rim lock
  5. Anti-Lock
  6. Caps lock
  7. Flat Lock
  8. sash lock

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Lock

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Google previewBeginning Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Administration (2009)

by Chris Leiter, Dan Wood, Michael Cierkowski, Albert Boettger

The possible resource types are described in the following table: Resource Type RID KEY PAG EXT TAB DB APP FIL MD HBT AU Description A RID lock is a row lock on a heap. The identifier is in the format FileID: PageNumber : RID, where ...

Google previewProfessional Windows 7 Development Guide (2011)

by John Paul Mueller

The lock is a kind of security that you place on your house. Only someone with an appropriatekeycanaccessthehouseonceyoulock it (let'sassumefor amoment that intruders lack tools such as pry bars). The lock is a kind of access control, while ...

Google previewOhio Historic Places Dictionary (2008)

by Editorial Staff, State History Publications, LLC

The Ohio and Erie Canal Deep Lock is a stone masonry canal lock structure. The channel is ninety feet long by fifteen feet wide by sixteen feet deep. The structure is essentially two parallel walls of cut stone construction. At the south end, they ...

Google previewThe Use of Locks in Physical Crime Prevention (2013)

National Crime Prevention Institute by James M. Edgar, William D. McInerney, Joe A. Mele

Introduction A lock is a mechanical or electrical device used to restrict ingress, egress or operation to persons having the proper key, code or combination.

Google previewAdministrator's Guide to Sybase ASE 15 (2010)

by Jeffrey Garbus, Ashish Gupta

holding the lock is a member of a family of ...

Google previewProfessional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Programming (2010)

by Robert Vieira

An update lock is a special kind of placeholder. Think about it — in order to do an UPDATE, you need to validate your WHERE clause (assuming there is one) to figure out just "what rows you're going to be updating. That means that you only ...

Google previewBeginning Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Programming (2012)

by Paul Atkinson, Robert Vieira

An update lock is a special kind of placeholder. Think about it — in order to do an update, you need to validate your WHERE clause (assuming there is one) to figure out just which rows you're going to be updating. That means that you only ...

Google preview.NET 4 Wrox PDF Bundle (2010)

Professional ASP.NET 4, Professional C# 4, VB 2010 Programmer's Ref, WPF Programmer's Ref, Professional Visual Studio 2010 by Bill Evjen, Christian Nagel, Rod Stephens, Robert Vieira, Nick Randolph

An update lock is a special kind of placeholder. Think about it — in order to do an UPDATE, you need to validate your WHERE clause (assuming there is one) to figure out just what rows you're going to be updating. That means that you only ...

Google previewThe works of John Donne (1839)

by John Donne

Our lock is the analogy of the Christian faith ; that we admit no other sense, of any place in any psalm, then may consist with the articles of the Christian faith ; for so, no heretic, no schismatic, shall get in by any countenance of any place in the ...

Google preview家乡信书中英合刋

by 智慧寶庫

The spaceless lock is the Right Portal. 33. “Sic words” implies the Heart Sutra in the past. 34. Xumi Mountain is where the Bodhi is and the origin of souls. It is also called Kunlun Mountain or Sour Mountain. Everyone has a Soul Mountain ...

Google previewHolistic Game Development with Unity (2012)

An All-in-One Guide to Implementing Game Mechanics, Art, Design and Programming by Penny de Byl

While this is a simplistic examination of gimbals, the issue ofgimbal lock is a reality. It is a mechanical reality that was experienced by the ...

Google previewBackroads & Byways of Iowa: Drives, Day Trips and Weekend Excursions (2012)

by Michael Ream

Overlooking the lock is the old Lockmaster's House, a simple white frame structure. The last remaining lockmaster's house along the Mississippi still on its original site, it's chock-full of historical memorabilia relating to Guttenberg and the ...

Google previewConcise Guide to Self-Sufficiency (2007)

by John Seymour

A fermentation lock is a very useful thing. A thermometer is not to be despised, either. You also need a flexible tube — rubber or plastic — for “racking” or syphoning, a funnel or two, and containers for the final bottling of the wine. A corking gun ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1995)

Volume 52 - Solid-Liquid Separation: Clarifiers and Thickeners Selection to Specific Gravity and Specific Heats by John J. McKetta Jr

air lock (Fig. 2), or feeder-air lock (a combination of both). The following definitions will be used in this article. As a feeder, a rotary valve operates under a solids head; the volume passing through is a function of rotor speed (rpm). As an air ...

Google previewDictionary of the Thames, from Oxford to the None (1894)

An Unconventional Handbook by Charles Dickens

Ifflcy Lock, ...

Google previewArchitect's Illustrated Pocket Dictionary (2012)

by Nikolas Davies, Erkki Jokiniemi

location plan see block plan. lock 1 a fastening mechanism for a door or gate, operated using an external mechanical or electronic device such as a key, push button or digital pad ; ...

Google previewGlossographia Anglicana nova, or, A dictionary, interpreting such hard words of whatever language, as are at present used in the English tongue, with their etymologies, definitions, &c (1707)

also, the terms of divinity, law, physick, mathematicks, grammar, poetry, musick, heraldry, architecture, painting, war, and all other arts and sciences are herein explain'd, from the best modern authors, as, Sir Isaac Newton, Dr. Harris, Dr. Gregory, Mr. Lock, Mr. Evelyn, Mr. Dryden, Mr. Blunt, &c. Very useful to all those that desire to understand what they read

Lock, Mr. Evelyn, ...

Google previewThe Water Encyclopedia, Second Edition (1990)

by Frits van der Leeden

Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint Rivers, GA, AL andFL Jim Woodruff Lock Black Rock Channel and Tonawanda Harbor, NY Black Rock Lock Black Warrior, Warrior and Tombigbee Rivers, AL Coffeeville (Jackson) Lock and Dam ...

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Quotes about Lock

If you're so pro-life, do me a favour: don't lock arms and block medical clinics. If you're so pro-life, lock arms and block cemeteries. (Bill Hicks)
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Scrabble value of L1O1C3K5

The value of this 4-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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