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lock    : [l'ɑk]
Safety \Safe"ty\, n. [Cf. F. sauvet['e].]
1. The condition or state of being safe; freedom from danger
or hazard; exemption from hurt, injury, or loss.
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Up led by thee,
Into the heaven I have presumed,
An earthly guest . . . With like safety guided down,
Return me to my native element. --Milton.
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2. Freedom from whatever exposes one to danger or from
liability to cause danger or harm; safeness; hence, the
quality of making safe or secure, or of giving confidence,
justifying trust, insuring against harm or loss, etc.
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Would there were any safety in thy sex,
That I might put a thousand sorrows off,
And credit thy repentance! --Beau. & Fl.
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3. Preservation from escape; close custody.
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Imprison him, . . .
Deliver him to safety; and return. --Shak.
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4. (Amer. Football) the act or result of a ball-carrier on
the offensive team being tackled behind his own goal line,
or the downing of a ball behind the offensive team's own
goal line when it had been carried or propelled behind
that goal line by a player on the offensive tream; such a
play causes a score of two points to be awarded to the
defensive team; -- it is distinguished from {touchback},
when the ball is downed behind the goal after being
propelled there or last touched by a player of the
defending team. See {Touchdown}. Same as {Safety
touchdown}, below.
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5. Short for {Safety bicycle}. [archaic]
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6. a switch on a firearm that locks the trigger and prevents
the firearm from being discharged unintentionally; -- also
called {safety catch}, {safety lock}, or {lock}. [archaic]

Lock \Lock\ (l[o^]k), n. [AS. locc; akin to D. lok, G. locke,
OHG. loc, Icel. lokkr, and perh. to Gr. ? to bend, twist.]
A tuft of hair; a flock or small quantity of wool, hay, or
other like substance; a tress or ringlet of hair.
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These gray locks, the pursuivants of death. --Shak.
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Lock \Lock\, n. [AS. loc inclosure, an inclosed place, the
fastening of a door, fr. l[=u]can to lock, fasten; akin to
OS. l[=u]kan (in comp.), D. luiken, OHG. l[=u]hhan, Icel.
l[=u]ka, Goth. l[=u]kan (in comp.); cf. Skr. ruj to break.
Cf. {Locket}.]
1. Anything that fastens; specifically, a fastening, as for a
door, a lid, a trunk, a drawer, and the like, in which a
bolt is moved by a key so as to hold or to release the
thing fastened.
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2. A fastening together or interlacing; a closing of one
thing upon another; a state of being fixed or immovable.
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Albemarle Street closed by a lock of carriages. --De
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3. A place from which egress is prevented, as by a lock.
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4. The barrier or works which confine the water of a stream
or canal.
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5. An inclosure in a canal with gates at each end, used in
raising or lowering boats as they pass from one level to
another; -- called also {lift lock}.
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6. That part or apparatus of a firearm by which the charge is
exploded; as, a matchlock, flintlock, percussion lock,
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7. A device for keeping a wheel from turning.
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8. A grapple in wrestling. --Milton.
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{Detector lock}, a lock containing a contrivance for showing
whether it as has been tampered with.

{Lock bay} (Canals), the body of water in a lock chamber.

{Lock chamber}, the inclosed space between the gates of a
canal lock.

{Lock nut}. See {Check nut}, under {Check}.

{Lock plate}, a plate to which the mechanism of a gunlock is

{Lock rail} (Arch.), in ordinary paneled doors, the rail
nearest the lock.

{Lock rand} (Masonry), a range of bond stone. --Knight.

{Mortise lock}, a door lock inserted in a mortise.

{Rim lock}, a lock fastened to the face of a door, thus
differing from a {mortise lock}.
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Lock \Lock\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Locked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To fasten with a lock, or as with a lock; to make fast; to
prevent free movement of; as, to lock a door, a carriage
wheel, a river, etc.
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2. To prevent ingress or access to, or exit from, by
fastening the lock or locks of; -- often with up; as, to
lock or lock up, a house, jail, room, trunk. etc.
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3. To fasten in or out, or to make secure by means of, or as
with, locks; to confine, or to shut in or out -- often
with up; as, to lock one's self in a room; to lock up the
prisoners; to lock up one's silver; to lock intruders out
of the house; to lock money into a vault; to lock a child
in one's arms; to lock a secret in one's breast.
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4. To link together; to clasp closely; as, to lock arms. "
Lock hand in hand." --Shak.
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5. (Canals) To furnish with locks; also, to raise or lower (a
boat) in a lock.
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6. (Fencing) To seize, as the sword arm of an antagonist, by
turning the left arm around it, to disarm him.
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Lock \Lock\, v. i.
To become fast, as by means of a lock or by interlacing; as,
the door locks close.
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When it locked none might through it pass. --Spenser.
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{To lock into}, to fit or slide into; as, they lock into each
other. --Boyle.
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n 1: a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly
2: a strand or cluster of hair [synonym: {lock}, {curl}, {ringlet},
3: a mechanism that detonates the charge of a gun
4: enclosure consisting of a section of canal that can be closed
to control the water level; used to raise or lower vessels
that pass through it [synonym: {lock}, {lock chamber}]
5: a restraint incorporated into the ignition switch to prevent
the use of a vehicle by persons who do not have the key [synonym:
{lock}, {ignition lock}]
6: any wrestling hold in which some part of the opponent's body
is twisted or pressured
v 1: fasten with a lock; "lock the bike to the fence" [ant:
2: keep engaged; "engaged the gears" [synonym: {engage}, {mesh},
{lock}, {operate}] [ant: {disengage}, {withdraw}]
3: become rigid or immoveable; "The therapist noticed that the
patient's knees tended to lock in this exercise" [ant:
4: hold in a locking position; "He locked his hands around her
neck" [synonym: {lock}, {interlock}, {interlace}]
5: become engaged or intermeshed with one another; "They were
locked in embrace" [synonym: {interlock}, {lock}]
6: hold fast (in a certain state); "He was locked in a laughing
7: place in a place where something cannot be removed or someone
cannot escape; "The parents locked her daughter up for the
weekend"; "She locked her jewels in the safe" [synonym: {lock
in}, {lock away}, {lock}, {put away}, {shut up}, {shut away},
{lock up}]
8: pass by means through a lock in a waterway
9: build locks in order to facilitate the navigation of vessels

219 Moby Thesaurus words for "lock":
aboideau, accord, agree, air lock, answer to, articulate, assent,
assort with, authority, bang, bar, barricade, barrier, batten,
batten down, be consistent, be of one, be uniform with, bear hug,
bind, block, block up, blockade, bolt, buckle, butt, button,
button up, cage, catch, cessation, check, chime, chock, choke,
choke off, clap, clasp, cleat, clip, close, close off, close out,
close tight, close up, clutch, cohere, coincide, command, commit,
concur, confine, conform, conform with, consist with, constrain,
constrict, contain, contract, control, coop up, cooperate,
correspond, cover, crimp, crowd, curl, dead set, dead stand,
dead stop, deadlock, debar, detain, dock gate, dog, dovetail,
dying down, ebb, ebbing, engage, entangle, entwine, exclude,
fall in together, fasten, fit together, fix, fix on, fix upon,
flood-hatch, floodgate, fold, fold up, follow, frizz, frizzle,
full nelson, full stop, gate, go together, go with, grapple, grasp,
half nelson, halt, hang together, harmonize, hasp, head gate,
hinge, hit, hitch, hold, hold together, hook, implant, impound,
imprison, incarcerate, interlock, intersect, jam, jibe, join,
joint, keep out, keep track of, key, latch, lock gate, lock in,
lock out, lock up, match, miter, mortise, nail, oblige, obstruct,
occlude, overlap, pack, padlock, parallel, peg, penstock, pin,
plant, plumb, ponytail, power, pursue, quarter nelson, rabbet,
register, register with, respond to, restrain, restrict, retain,
ringlet, rivet, scarf, scissors, screw, seal, seal off, seal up,
secure, sew, shut, shut off, shut out, shut the door, shut tight,
shut up, sing in chorus, skewer, slam, sluice, sluice gate, snap,
sort with, square, square with, squeeze, squeeze shut, stabilize,
stand, stand together, standstill, staple, stick, stifle,
stillstand, stitch, stop, stop up, strangle, stranglehold,
strangulate, subsidence, suffocate, supervision, sway, tack, tally,
tide gate, toehold, toggle, track, tress, wane, waning, water gate,
wedge, weir, zip up, zipper

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