mortise lock


Definition of mortise lock

chiefly British

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

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a hole, groove, or slot into or through which some other part of an arrangement of parts fits or passes

    :  a cavity cut into a piece of material (as timber) to receive a tenon — see dovetail illustration

  1. :  to join or fasten securely

    :  to join or fasten by a tenon and mortise

    :  to cut or make a mortise in

  1. :  a tuft, tress, or ringlet of hair

    :  the hair of the head

    :  a cohering bunch (as of wool, cotton, or flax) :  tuft

  1. :  a fastening (as for a door) operated by a key or a combination

    :  the mechanism for exploding the charge or cartridge of a firearm

    :  an enclosure (as in a canal) with gates at each end used in raising or lowering boats as they pass from level to level

  1. :  to fasten the lock of

    :  to make fast with or as if with a lock

    :  to fasten in or out or to make secure or inaccessible by or as if by means of locks

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