self-lock·​ing ˌself-ˈlä-kiŋ How to pronounce self-locking (audio)
: locking by its own action
a self-locking door
a self-locking nut [=locknut]
Simply use self-locking cable ties (available in the electrical department of any hardware store) to secure the grate …Mattie Sue Athan and Dianalee Deter

Examples of self-locking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Enclose your pool with a self-closing, self-locking fence. Kira Caspers, The Arizona Republic, 20 May 2024 The gate should open away from the pool and have a self-locking mechanism. Douglas MacMillan, Washington Post, 16 July 2023 Perhaps most importantly, required self-locking gates are checked and there must be an emergency phone on site. María Ramos Pacheco, Dallas News, 26 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-locking was in 1825

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“Self-locking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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