wheel lock


Definition of wheel lock 

: a gun's lock for a muzzle-loading firearm in which sparks are struck from a flint or a piece of pyrite by a revolving wheel

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The city modified its permit terms on June 29, allowing Ofo and LimeBike, which also uses wheel locks, to continue operating 50 bikes each in the program. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "Ofo pulls its dockless bikes from Chicago because of locking rules," 9 July 2018 Right now the bikes offered by those companies are equipped wheel locks, which allow riders to pedal to their destinations and lock the bike to itself. Elvia Malagon, chicagotribune.com, "Company could call it quits on Chicago's dockless bike-sharing pilot over city's lock rules," 22 June 2018 After they’re done with the bike, riders can leave it anywhere, typically locking them through use of a wheel lock. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago to test-drive new 'dockless' bike share program starting next week," 26 Apr. 2018 Disklok, which makes old-fashioned steering-wheel locks, says its sales have doubled in the past year. The Economist, "Lucrative lootHow the economics of robbery are changing," 16 Dec. 2017 The car’s sticker was further inflated by a $750 coat of Selenite Grey paint and a set of wheel locks for $150. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, "2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 Cabriolet," 18 Oct. 2017

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1670, in the meaning defined above

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