air lock

noun

Definition of air lock 

1 : an intermediate chamber with two airtight doors or openings to permit passage between two dissimilar spaces (such as two places of unequal atmospheric pressure)

2 : a stoppage of flow caused by air being in a part where liquid ought to circulate

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Finally, a person floats weightlessly into an air lock. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Many Shades of Bad Physics," 8 June 2018 In practice, a warming Arctic strains the jet stream’s ability to keep all that cold polar air locked away in the north. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Eastern U.S. Is So Cold Right Now," 29 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of air lock

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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air lock

noun

English Language Learners Definition of air lock

: a small room that has two doors which can be sealed tightly so that no air enters or leaves and that is used for moving between two spaces with different air pressures in a submarine, spaceship, etc.

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