pad·lock | \ˈpad-ˌläk \

Definition of padlock 

: a removable lock with a shackle that can be passed through a staple or link and then secured

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padlock transitive verb

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All three families said police reports were filed against them, were threatened with prosecution and accused of breaking padlocks that Tannehill Sewer placed on their lines. Howard Koplowitz,, "McCalla families claim private sewer company is a racket," 1 Mar. 2018 Another happened May 29, when Hughes allegedly cut off the padlocks of two storage units at Beverly Woods Elementary School, according to an incident report. Julianna Rennie, charlotteobserver, "Man stole $8,000 worth of cleaning supplies from CMS schools, CMS says," 7 June 2018 Someone cut a padlock at a home in the 1500 block of North Austin Boulevard and stole two televisions, miscellaneous DeWalt power tools, miscellaneous clothing and a wallet valued at $1,770 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. June 29. Staff Report,, "Police reports: Car passenger points gun at pedestrian in Oak Park," 6 July 2018 The front door to the building was boarded-up, reinforced by padlocks and covered in graffiti. Billboard, "Eerie Waves: Memories of an Abandoned Radio Home, From Dido to Whitesnake's David Coverdale (& the Incredible Hulk)," 6 July 2018 In the Users & Groups box, click the padlock icon, enter the Mac’s administrator password and click the plus (+) icon to get started. New York Times, "Become a Guest on Your Own Computer," 11 June 2018 Whitney’s Cyber Camp curriculum starts with hardware, although not the kind with padlocks and rake picks. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Girl Scouts Are Learning to Pick Locks and Hack Computers," 28 June 2018 Buy Photo The homicide detective slipped open the padlock on the closet in the bowels of the Roundhouse, Philly’s hulking police headquarters at Eighth and Race. Mike Newall,, "Locked away in a closet, Philly's historical homicide files tell the story of a young, cruel city | Mike Newall," 22 June 2018 He was dressed in orange coveralls and had his arms shackled at this waist with chains and padlocks. David Owens,, "Ex-Death Row Inmate Lazale Ashby Resentenced To Life Without Possibility Of Release," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of padlock

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for padlock

Middle English padlok, from pad- (of unknown origin) + lok lock

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English Language Learners Definition of padlock

: a strong lock with a curved bar that connects to the main part of the lock and holds together two parts of something (such as a chain or a gate)


pad·lock | \ˈpad-ˌläk \

Kids Definition of padlock

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a removable lock with a curved piece that snaps into a catch


padlocked; padlocking

Kids Definition of padlock (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fasten with a removable lock

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