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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But probably the most significant change in the developer beta is that the padlock icon on the lock screen has been moved from the bottom of the screen to the top. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Latest Android Q beta hints at native support for face unlock," 6 June 2019 The windows were boarded, and the doors were sheets of plywood, with a padlock to secure them. Nathan Dicamillo, New York Times, "The Little Bank That Could," 13 Apr. 2018 Some members of the group broke padlocks to gain access to the port of entry during the night despite Mexican authorities’ offer to give them temporary humanitarian visas within five days to live and work in Mexico. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Another Caravan Crosses Mexican-Guatemalan Border," 18 Jan. 2019 In addition to posting her own pics, Ari has been sharing fans’ memories of the pop-up, including a glimpse at other sweet padlocks that visitors created, and notes that exhibit-goers wrote to the singer. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Gives Fans a Behind the Scenes Look at Her "Sweetener" Pop-Up," 29 Sep. 2018 The myriad interlocking crystal embroideries, meanwhile, were said to mirror cobblestones and netted tulle, embroidered with gold, evoked lovers’ padlocks on the Pont des Arts (that were famously banned by Paris authorities). Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Chanel recreates Paris for couture show celebrating the city," 3 July 2018 The solution is simple: Build your own storage container, bolt it to your porch and leave an unlocked padlock on it. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Ringing responses," 4 June 2018 Story #1 also includes an extensive jewelry offering and the house’s first handbag, the Secret, so named for the padlock hardware, itself one of Schiaparelli’s iconic signatures. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "A Full-Circle Moment for the House of Schiaparelli and Bergdorf Goodman," 15 Oct. 2018 An investigation showed the 13-year-old boy had been bound by chains and padlocks for at least 18 hours before police went to the house, the Montgomery Advertiser reported. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Boy, 13, found naked, chained in Alabama home was forced to sleep in dog crate, officials say," 25 Sep. 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 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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