Padlock meaning

pădlŏk
The definition of a padlock is a detachable lock with a hinged U-shaped hook that goes around the items being locked.

A lock with a hinged U-shaped hook that you use to chain your bike to the bike rack is an example of a padlock.

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To padlock is to secure something using a lock with a hinged U-shaped hook.

When you wrap chains around the doors of your storage shed and you then secure the chains with a U-shaped lock so they cannot be removed, this is an example of when you padlock your shed.

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A detachable lock with a U-shaped bar hinged at one end, designed to be passed through the staple of a hasp or a link in a chain and then snapped shut.
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To lock up with or as if with a padlock.
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A removable lock with a hinged or pivoting link to be passed through a staple, chain, or eye.
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To fasten with or as with a padlock.
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To close (a building) against entrance.
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A detachable lock that can be used to secure something by means of a sliding or hinged shackle.
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To lock using a padlock.
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Origin of padlock

  • Middle English padlok pad- of unknown meaning lok lock lock1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English padlok, from pad-, of unknown origin, + lok (“lock"). Perhaps originally a lock for a pad (“gate"), or a gate opening to a path, or a lock for a basket or pannier, from UK dialect pad (“a pannier").

    From Wiktionary