dead bolt

noun

Definition of dead bolt 

: a lock bolt that is moved by turning a knob or key without action of a spring

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Teri told him she had trouble turning the dead bolt on her way out, Quamme said in a recent interview. Gina Barton, jsonline.com, "Unsolved: Was Michelle Manders kidnapped or did she just wander off?," 13 Sep. 2017 Residents can put dead bolts on doors that can make quick escape, or rescue, difficult. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Illegal Philly boarding house where 4 died owned by former San Diego federal agent," 30 Apr. 2018 Raccoon can slide dead bolts, lift latches and open regular eyehooks. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "On the market: Homes with a creative chicken coop (photos)," 7 Apr. 2018 Pittman ran to the door, locked the dead bolt and told her kids to get upstairs. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "A Teen and a Toy Gun," 6 Feb. 2018 The old front entry doors need an extra dead bolt for security. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "Victorian Revival," 5 July 2012

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circa 1902, in the meaning defined above

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dead bolt

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dead bolt

: a lock with a heavy sliding bar that is moved by turning a knob or key

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