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

Other Words from padlock

padlock transitive verb

Examples of padlock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Indicated by a tiny padlock by the URL, the presence of HTTPS means that worrisome scenario, in which a scammer or a hacker squats on a public Wi-Fi connection in order to watch people’s internet habits, isn’t feasible. NBC News, 31 Dec. 2021 Okay, obviously a padlock isn’t going to do much to protect your business from ransomware. Simon Jelley, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 Luckily, music was enough of a distraction from the padlock on the front gate. New York Times, 12 Oct. 2021 During her three years in the field, Barnes has twice come across dogs leashed with metal chains and some secured with a padlock. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Oct. 2021 The city of Burbank also enacted measures against the restaurant, revoking its conditional use permit, installing sandbags, fencing and a padlock to block entrance, and receiving permission from a judge to cut the restaurant’s power. Christian Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2021 Several saws, power drills and other tools and equipment were reported stolen Oct. 5 by someone who broke the padlock on the service door of a garage of a home in the 300 block of South Grove Avenue and stole the items., 18 Oct. 2021 Much like Stewart’s padlock necklace, the Lip Locket is a nod to the visual staples of the British punk scene in both form and function. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 18 Oct. 2021 Two weeks into his sentence, another inmate hit him in the face with a padlock inside a sock, mistakenly believing that Boyer had stolen his radio. Rachel Poser, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021

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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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“Padlock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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