padlock

noun
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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padlock transitive verb

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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 More Sears and Kmart stores to close, including one in Palmer The padlocks are coming out again for Sears stores. BostonGlobe.com, "Waffle House chair, ex-housekeeper settle sex tape lawsuit," 8 Aug. 2019 They're inspired by the tradition of attaching padlocks to Paris bridges (a controversial subject in France due to possible architectural damage). 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 After Eduardo's death, investigators also found chains, cords, restraint cuffs, an electric shock dog collar, and padlocks under the box springs of one of the two beds in the motel room. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "A 12-year-old boy who was starved, chained and kept in a dog collar died. His mother never knew he left the state," 4 June 2019 That means the department will continue to use padlocks, considered a fire-safety risk, to secure cells in the meantime. Kyra Haas, azcentral, "Broken locks at Arizona prison won't be fixed until late 2020, corrections director says," 18 June 2019 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

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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

noun

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)

padlock

noun
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

padlock

verb
padlocked; padlocking

Kids Definition of padlock (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fasten with a removable lock

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