dead bolt

noun

Definition of dead bolt

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

Examples of dead bolt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Crawford was not in the apartment the next morning when the roommate left for class, and the front door was locked with a dead bolt, the roommate told police. Tina Burnside, CNN, 5 Nov. 2019 Residents can put dead bolts on doors that can make quick escape, or rescue, difficult. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, 30 Apr. 2018 Raccoon can slide dead bolts, lift latches and open regular eyehooks. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, 7 Apr. 2018 Pittman ran to the door, locked the dead bolt and told her kids to get upstairs. Leah Sottile, Longreads, 6 Feb. 2018 Teri told him she had trouble turning the dead bolt on her way out, Quamme said in a recent interview. Gina Barton, jsonline.com, 13 Sep. 2017 Teri told him she had trouble turning the dead bolt on her way out, Quamme said in a recent interview. Gina Barton, jsonline.com, 13 Sep. 2017 Residents can put dead bolts on doors that can make quick escape, or rescue, difficult. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, 30 Apr. 2018 Raccoon can slide dead bolts, lift latches and open regular eyehooks. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dead bolt

circa 1902, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dead bolt was circa 1902

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“Dead bolt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dead%20bolt. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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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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