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[n] any wrestling hold in which some part of the opponent's body is twisted or pressured
[n] a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed
[n] a restraint incorporated into the ignition switch to prevent the use of a vehicle by persons who do not have the key
[n] 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
[n] a mechanism that detonates the charge of a gun
[n] a strand or cluster of hair
[v] become rigid or immoveable; of bones; "Don't lock your knees in this exercise"
[v] 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"
[v] fasten with a lock; "lock the bike to the fence"
[v] keep engaged; "engaged the gears"
[v] become engaged or intermeshed with one another; "They were locked in embrace"
[v] hold in a locking position; "He locked his hands around her neck"
[v] build locks in order to facilitate the navigation of vessels
[v] hold fast (in a certain state); "He was locked in a laughing fit"
[v] pass by means through a lock in a waterway

Misc. Definitions

\Lock\, n. [AS. locc; akin to D. lok, G. locke, OHG. loc, Icel. lokkr, and perh. to Gr. ? 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. These gray locks, the pursuivants of death. --Shak.
\Lock\, n. [AS. loc inclosure, an inclosed place, the fastening of a door, fr. l[=u]can to lock, fasten; akin to OS. l[=u]kan (in comp.), D. luiken, OHG. l[=u]hhan, Icel. l?ka, Goth. l[=u]kan (in comp.); cf. Skr. ruj to break. Cf. {Locket}.]
1. 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.
2. A fastening together or interlacing; a closing of one thing upon another; a state of being fixed or immovable. Albemarle Street closed by a lock of carriages. --De Quincey.
3. A place from which egress is prevented, as by a lock. --Dryden.
4. The barrier or works which confine the water of a stream or canal.
5. 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 {lift lock}.
6. That part or apparatus of a firearm by which the charge is exploded; as, a matchlock, flintlock, percussion lock, etc.
7. A device for keeping a wheel from turning.
8. A grapple in wrestling. --Milton. {Detector lock}, a lock containing a contrivance for showing whether it as has been tampered with. {Lock bay} (Canals), the body of water in a lock chamber. {Lock chamber}, the inclosed space between the gates of a canal lock. {Lock nut}. See {Check nut}, under {Check}. {Lock plate}, a plate to which the mechanism of a gunlock is attached. {Lock rail} (Arch.), in ordinary paneled doors, the rail nearest the lock. {Lock rand} (Masonry), a range of bond stone. --Knight. {Mortise lock}, a door lock inserted in a mortise. {Rim lock}, a lock fastened to the face of a door, thus differing from a {mortise lock}.
\Lock\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Locked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Locking}.]
1. To fasten with a lock, or as with a lock; to make fast; to prevent free movement of; as, to lock a door, a carriage wheel, a river, etc.
2. To prevent ingress or access to, or exit from, by fastening the lock or locks of; -- often with up; as, to lock or lock up, a house, jail, room, trunk. etc.
3. 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 up; as, to lock one's self in a room; to lock up the prisoners; to lock up one's silver; to lock intruders out of the house; to lock money into a vault; to lock a child in one's arms; to lock a secret in one's breast.
4. To link together; to clasp closely; as, to lock arms. `` Lock hand in hand.'' --Shak.
5. (Canals) To furnish with locks; also, to raise or lower (a boat) in a lock.
6. (Fencing) To seize, as the sword arm of an antagonist, by turning the left arm around it, to disarm him.
\Lock\, v. i. To become fast, as by means of a lock or by interlacing; as, the door locks close. When it locked none might through it pass. --Spenser. {To lock into}, to fit or slide into; as, they lock into each other. --Boyle.

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