- Included in Eastons: Yes
- Included in Hitchcocks: No
- Included in Naves: No
- Included in Smiths: Yes
- Included in Websters: Yes
- Included in Strongs: Yes
- Included in Thayers: No
- Included in BDB: Yes
The Hebrews usually secured their doors by bars of wood or iron (Isaiah 45:2; 1 Kings 4:3). These were the locks originally used, and were opened and shut by large keys applied through an opening in the outside (Judges 3:24). (See KEY.)
Where European locks have not been introduced, the locks of eastern houses are usually of wood, and consist of a partly hollow bolt from fourteen inches to two feet long for external doors or gates, or from seven to nine inches for interior doors. The bold passes through a groove in a piece attached to the door into a socket in the door-post.
LOCK, noun [Latin floccus, Eng. lock ]
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, etc.
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.
5. Any inclosure.
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.
LOCK'-KEEPER, noun One who attends the locks of a canal.
LOCK'-PADDLE, noun A small sluse that serves to fill and empty a lock
LOCK'-SIL, noun An angular piece of timber at the bottom of a lock against which the gates shut.
LOCK'-WEIR, noun A paddle-weir, in canals, an over-fall behind the upper gates, by which the waste water of the upper pound is let down through the paddle-holes into the chamber of the lock
LOCK, verb transitive
1. To fasten with a particular instrument; as, to lock a door; to lock a trunk.
2. To shut up or confine, as with a lock; as, to be locked in a prison. lock the secret in your breast.
3. To close fast. The frost locks up our rivers.
4. To embrace closely; as, to lock one in the arms.
5. To furnish with locks, as a canal.
6. To confine; to restrain. Our shipping was locked up by the embargo.
7. In fencing, to seize the sword-arm of an antagonist, by turning the left arm around it, after closing the parade, shell to shell, in order to disarm him.
LOCK, verb intransitive
1. To become fast. The door locks close.
2. To unite closely by mutual insertion; as, they lock into each other.
1. Materials for locks in a canal.
2. Works which form a lock on a canal.
3. Toll paid for passing the locks of a canal.
LOCK'ED, participle passive Made fast by a lock; furnished with a lock or locks; closely embraced.
LOCK'ER, noun A close place, as a drawer or an apartment in a ship, that may be closed with a lock.
A shot-locker is a strong frame of plank near the pump-well in the hold, where shot are deposited.
LOCK'ET, noun A small lock; a catch or spring to fasten a necklace or other ornament.
LOCK'RAM, noun A sort of coarse linen.
LOCK'SMITH, noun An artificer whose occupation is to make locks.
LOCK'Y, adjective Having locks or tufts.