(noun, verb)


1. a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed

Definition categories: man–made, fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast

2. a strand or cluster of hair

Similar word(s): curl, ringlet, whorl

Definition categories: body, hair

3. a mechanism that detonates the charge of a gun

Definition categories: man–made, mechanism

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

Definition categories: man–made, enclosure

5. a restraint incorporated into the ignition switch to prevent the use of a vehicle by persons who do not have the key

Definition categories: man–made, constraint, restraint

6. any wrestling hold in which some part of the opponent's body is twisted or pressured

Definition categories: act


1. fasten with a lock

- lock the bike to the fence

Definition categories: contact, fasten, fix, secure

2. keep engaged

Similar word(s): engage, mesh, operate

Definition categories: contact, displace, move

3. become rigid or immoveable

- The therapist noticed that the patient's knees tended to lock in this exercise

Definition categories: change, engage

4. hold in a locking position

- He locked his hands around her neck

Similar word(s): interlace, interlock

Definition categories: contact, hold

5. become engaged or intermeshed with one another

- They were locked in embrace

Similar word(s): interlock

Definition categories: contact, bosom, embrace, hug, squeeze

6. hold fast (in a certain state)

- He was locked in a laughing fit

Definition categories: emotion, overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, whelm

7. 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

Definition categories: contact, confine

8. pass by means through a lock in a waterway

Definition categories: motion, pass

9. build locks in order to facilitate the navigation of vessels

Definition categories: creation, build, construct, make

Sentences with lock as a verb:

- If you put the brakes on too hard, the wheels will lock.

- Remember to lock the door when you leave.

- This door locks with a key.

- with his hands locked behind his back

- We locked arms and stepped out into the night.

- a pop and lock routine