pad·​lock | \ ˈpad-ˌläk How to pronounce padlock (audio) \

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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Examples of padlock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Only give out your card info when the URL (web address) shows https: (not http:) or a little padlock in the browser, to confirm it’s a secure connection. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "Cyber Monday: Some simple tips to scoring deals -- and keep data safe when shopping online," 30 Nov. 2019 In a further attempt to mitigate the problem, prison officials installed padlocks on some cells despite concerns from fire marshals and others. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Arizona prisons chief was 'surprisingly uninformed' about broken cell locks, report finds," 15 Aug. 2019 Theft, Cedar Road At 12:25 p.m. June 26, police arrested a Beachwood boy, 16, who stole two chocolate bars, a padlock and phone chargers from Giant Eagle, 25105 Cedar Road at Legacy Village., "Woman, 68, kicks boyfriend, 81, in the shins: Lyndhurst Police Blotter," 2 July 2019 Adrenalin pumping, Kajma threw on a hazmat suit, grabbed some bolt cutters and busted the padlock on a cellar door. Tresa Baldas, USA TODAY, "80-year-old woman lived in filth. Nobody knew until she was found dead, eaten by her dog.," 1 Aug. 2019 The dress alone was fire, but the accessories where what really elevated this fashion moment: a $1,195 Off-White bag, a padlock necklace, and a pair of strappy stiletto heels. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "James Charles Wore High Heels to Rihanna's Savage x Fenty Show at New York Fashion Week," 11 Sep. 2019 The Republic hired a locksmith to break the padlocks on the cabinets in late 2018., "Don Bolles files: The case of Skippy Brazil, the drug informant who was set on fire," 28 Aug. 2019 Bastille Days and Master Lock are donating padlock sale proceeds to Habitat for Humanity. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The bands, the run, the Hop stop and everything else you need to know for Bastille Days in Milwaukee," 8 July 2019 That means the department will continue to use padlocks, considered a fire-safety risk, to secure cells in the meantime. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Arizona prisons chief was 'surprisingly uninformed' about broken cell locks, report finds," 15 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of padlock was in the 15th century

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4 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Padlock.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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 How to pronounce padlock (audio) \

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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