time lock

noun

Definition of time lock 

: a lock controlled by clockwork to prevent its being opened before a set time

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Bob's copy of each commitment transaction lets Alice spend her coins immediately but includes a time lock on Bob's coins. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Bitcoin has a huge scaling problem—Lightning could be the solution," 4 Feb. 2018 The children spent most of their time locked in their rooms except for limited meals or using the bathroom. Washington Post, "Sister led California police to shackled, starving siblings," 20 June 2018 The Canadiens didn't waste any time locking up Domi, whose entry-level contract is up. John Marshall, chicagotribune.com, "Max Domi, Alex Galchenyuk eager for fresh starts with new teams," 16 June 2018 Even with holdover Vlad Guerrero (71.7%) joined by first-time locks Chipper Jones and Jim Thome, Hoffman should get over the top this time. Jay Jaffe, SI.com, "While The Numbers Don't Always Support It, Trevor Hoffman Will Likely Secure a Hall of Fame Spot," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of time lock

circa 1871, in the meaning defined above

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