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English noun: lock

1. lock (artifact) a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed


Broader (hypernym)fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast


Narrower (hyponym)combination lock, cylinder lock, door latch, doorlock, latch, lever lock, padlock, sash fastener, sash lock, window lock


Part holonymbolt, deadbolt, keyhole, tumbler


Part meronymdoor, drawer, gate, lid

2. lock (body) a strand or cluster of hair


Synonymscurl, ringlet, whorl


Broader (hypernym)hair


Narrower (hyponym)crimp, dreadlock, forelock, sausage curl


Part meronymcoif, coiffure, hair style, hairdo, hairstyle

3. lock (artifact) a mechanism that detonates the charge of a gun


Broader (hypernym)mechanism


Part meronymfirearm, piece, small-arm

4. lock (artifact) 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


Synonymslock chamber


Broader (hypernym)enclosure


Part meronymcanal

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


Synonymsignition lock


Broader (hypernym)constraint, restraint


Part meronymignition switch

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


Broader (hypernym)wrestling hold


Narrower (hyponym)hammerlock, headlock


English verb: lock

1. lock (contact) fasten with a lock


SamplesLock the bike to the fence.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)fasten, fix, secure


Narrower (hyponym)bolt, padlock


Antonymsunlock, unlock

2. lock (contact) keep engaged


SamplesEngaged the gears.


Synonymsengage, mesh, operate


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)displace, move


Narrower (hyponym)flip, ride, switch, throw


Antonymsdisengage, withdraw

3. lock (change) become rigid or immoveable


SamplesThe therapist noticed that the patient's knees tended to lock in this exercise.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)engage


Antonymsunlock

4. lock (contact) hold in a locking position


SamplesHe locked his hands around her neck.


Synonymsinterlace, interlock


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)hold, take hold

5. lock (contact) become engaged or intermeshed with one another


SamplesThey were locked in embrace.


Synonymsinterlock


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)bosom, embrace, hug, squeeze

6. lock (emotion) hold fast (in a certain state)


SamplesHe was locked in a laughing fit.


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, sweep over, whelm

7. lock (contact) place in a place where something cannot be removed or someone cannot escape


SamplesThe parents locked her daughter up for the weekend.
She locked her jewels in the safe.


Synonymslock away, lock in, lock up, put away, shut away, shut up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)confine

8. lock (motion) pass by means through a lock in a waterway


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)go across, go through, pass

9. lock (creation) build locks in order to facilitate the navigation of vessels


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)build, construct, make









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