Recent Examples of padlock from the Web
The public restrooms at Lake Station City Hall now have padlocks on them by order of the mayor's office.
Next to a padlock on each restroom door is a note advising users to get a key in the mayor's office.
The Turpin siblings, who range in age from 2 to 29, had allegedly been tied to their beds by their parents as punishment for misbehavior — first with ropes, then with chains and padlocks, officials said.
The railing is not anywhere near falling from the weight of padlocks, as was the case in Paris before the city decided to remove hundreds of thousands of locks from the famous Pont des Arts.
All but armed with a padlock and steel link chain for latching the rink doors shut, Boughner found that only ironclad rules could keep center Aleksander Barkov away from the ice.
The owner of the tools said they were locked with a chain and heavy padlock in the middle of the house.
Each padlock used a different series of numbers, colors or letters to open.
Entry was gained by breaking the side door padlock, adjacent to the overhead door, and ripping off the alarm panel.
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Origin and Etymology of padlock
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of padlock for English Language Learners
: 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)
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