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lock (overwhelm)

Definition:

to hold fast (in a certain state)

Class:

emotion verb (feeling)

Past tense:

locked

Present participle:

locking

3rd-person singular present:

locks

Type of:

overwhelm » arouse » make

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

He was locked in a laughing fit

Etymology:

Middle English from Old English loc, a bolt, bar, enclosure, prison, ... |...
(Source: New World Dictionary)  [more]

All senses of lock...

Definition references  (+images)

Britannica Encyclopedia:

lock [security]

mechanical device for securing a door or receptacle so that it cannot be opened except by a key or by a series of manipulations that can be carried ... (28 of 608 words, 6 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/345732​/lock

lock [waterway]

enclosure or basin located in the course of a canal or a river with gates at each end, within which the water level may be varied to raise or lower ... (30 of 150 words, 6 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/345723​/lock

Wiktionary:

lock | locks [plural] | locked [past tense] | locking [present participle] | unlock [antonym, sense-specific]

Something used for fastening, which can only be opened with a key or combination. | [computing] A mutex or other token restricting access to a resource. | A segment of a canal or other waterway enclosed by gates, used for raising and lowering boats ... (42 of 202 words, 13 definitions, 14 usage examples, pronunciations, 3 images)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/lock

American Heritage Dictionary:

lock | locked [past tense] | locking [present participle] | locks [3rd-person singular present] | lock out | lockable [adjective, related]

A device operated by a key, combination, or keycard and used, as on a door, for holding, closing, or securing. | A section of a waterway, such as a ... (28 of 488 words, 31 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/lock

New World Dictionary:

lock

a mechanical device furnished with a bolt and, usually, a spring, for fastening a door, strongbox, etc. by means of a key or combination | anything ... (25 of 335 words, 26 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/lock

Collins Dictionary:

lock | lock, stock, and barrel [sense-specific] | lock horns [sense-specific] | lock the stable door after the horse has bolted [sense-specific] | lock forward [synonym, sense-specific] | lockable [adjective, derived]

a device fitted to a gate, door, drawer, lid, etc, to keep it firmly closed and often to prevent access by unauthorized persons | a similar device ... (26 of 848 words, 24 definitions, 15 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/lock

Oxford Dictionary:

lock [entry 1] | full lock | lock forward | into | away | lock up | lock something away | a lock | have a lock on | ...

a mechanism for keeping a door, window, lid, or container fastened, typically operated by a key | a device used to prevent the operation or movement ... (25 of 680 words, 29 definitions, 30 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/lock

lock [entry 2] | locks | locked [derived]

a piece of a person's hair that coils or hangs together | ("locks") [literary] : a person's hair | a tuft of wool or cotton. (23 of 84 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/lock--2

Random House Dictionary:

lock | lock, stock, and barrel [sense-specific] | under lock and key [sense-specific] | lock horns [sense-specific] | lock in [sense-specific] | lock off [sense-specific] | lock on [sense-specific] | lock out [sense-specific] | lock up [sense-specific] | ...

a device for securing a door, gate, lid, drawer, or the like in position ... | a contrivance for fastening or securing something. | [firearms] ; the ... (25 of 610 words, 34 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/lock

Macmillan British Dictionary:

lock [noun] | locks [plural] | have a lock on something | a lock of hair | lock, stock, and barrel | under lock and key

[countable] a part of a door, drawer, suitcase etc used for fastening it so ... | [countable] a place on a river or canal with a set of gates which ... (29 of 327 words, 11 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/lock 18

lock | locked [past tense] | locking [present participle] | locks [3rd-person singular present] | lock horns with | locked in a battle/debate/dispute/negotiations etc | locked in an embrace

[transitive] to fasten something such as a door or a container, usually ... | [intransitive] if something locks in a particular position, it's firmly ... (23 of 244 words, 7 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/lock

Merriam-Webster:

lock [entry 1, noun] | locks [plural] | tuft [synonym, sense-specific]

a tuft, tress, or ringlet of hair ; "locks": the hair of the head | a cohering bunch (as of wool, cotton, or flax); "tuft" | "locks": "dreadlock" ... (26 of 67 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/lock

lock [entry 2, noun]

a fastening (as for a door) operated by a key or a combination ; the mechanism for exploding the charge or cartridge of a firearm | an enclosure (as ... (28 of 161 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/lock show=1

lock [entry 3, verb] | lock horns | lock on | interlace [synonym, sense-specific] | interlock [synonym, sense-specific] | lockable [adjective, related]

to fasten the lock of ; to make fast with or as if with a lock | to fasten in or out or to make secure or inaccessible by or as if by means of locks ; ... (36 of 301 words, 10 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/lock show=2

Wikipedia:

Lock [disambiguation]

may refer to: Lock (device), a mechanical device used to secure possessions | Lock (firearm), the ignition mechanism of small arms | Lock (rugby league), a player position in rugby league | Lock (rugby union), a player position in rugby union | Lock... (39 of 285 words, 24 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Lock

Columbia Encyclopedia:

lock and key | lock | key | keyless entry

fastening fitted to an entryway, such as a gate or door, or a container, such as a cabinet, drawer or safe, to keep it closed and/or prevent ... (27 of 79 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0830110​.html

Cambridge Dictionary:

lock [entry 1]

a device which prevents something such as a door being opened and which you can only open with a key (20 of 48 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/lock 1

lock [entry 2]

a length of water with gates at each end where the level of water can be changed to allow boats to move between parts of a canal or river which are at ... (32 of 42 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/lock 2

lock [entry 3, United States, informal]

something that is certain to happen (6 of 23 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/lock 3

lock [entry 4] | locks

a small group of hairs, especially a curl | "locks": [literary] the hair on someone's head (15 of 35 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/lock 4

lock [entry 5, British]

the amount a road vehicle's front wheels can be turned from one side to the other by turning its steering wheel (21 of 44 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/lock 5

lock [entry 6]

a way of holding someone that you are fighting against so that they cannot move (15 of 33 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/lock 6

lock [entry 7]

to put something in a safe place and fasten the lock | to fasten something with a key, or be fastened with a key (23 of 75 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/lock 7

lock [entry 8]

to be fixed in one position (6 of 23 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/lock 8

Encarta Dictionary:

lock [entry 1] | locks [plural] | locked [past tense] | locking [present participle]

a mechanism used to fasten or secure a door, window, or lid, especially one operated by a key | a short section of a canal or river in which the water ... (30 of 434 words, 19 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861699289​/definition​.html  [offline]

lock [entry 2] | locks [plural]

a group of hairs that hang together, on somebody's head or cut off | a small bunch of wool, cotton, or other fiber | somebody's hair (literary) | Same ... (26 of 134 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861699295​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

New World Dictionary:

lock

Origin: Middle English from Old English loc, a bolt, bar, enclosure, prison, ... | Middle English lokke from Old English loc (akin to German ... (22 of 59 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/lock

Wiktionary:

lock | locks [plural] | locked [past tense] | locking [present participle]

Origin: Old English loc, from Proto-Germanic *luką | Old English locc. Cognate with Old Norse lokkr (whence Danish lok), German Locke. It has been theorised that the word may be related to the Gothic verb... (33 of 46 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/lock

Collins Dictionary:

lock

Origin: Old English loc; related to Old Norse lok | Old English loc; related to Old Frisian lok, Old Norse lokkr lock of wool

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/lock

American Heritage Dictionary:

lock | locked [past tense] | locking [present participle] | locks [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old English loc, bolt, bar. | Middle English, from Old English locc.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/lock

Merriam-Webster:

lock [entry 1, noun]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English lok, from Old English locc; akin to Old High German loc lock, Greek lygos withe, Latin luxus dislocated

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/lock

lock [entry 2, noun]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English lok, from Old English loc; akin to Old High German loh enclosure and perhaps to Old English locc lock of hair

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/lock show=1

Oxford Dictionary:

lock [entry 1] | full lock | lock forward | into | away | lock up | lock something away | a lock

Origin: Old English loc, of Germanic origin; related to German Loch "hole" | sense-specific: referring to the complete mechanism of a firearm

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/lock

lock [entry 2] | locks

Origin: Old English locc, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lok, German Locke, possibly also to "lock1"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/lock--2

Encarta Dictionary:

lock [entry 1] | locks [plural] | locked [past tense] | locking [present participle]

Origin: Old English loc from Germanic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861699289​/definition​.html  [offline]

lock [entry 2] | locks [plural]

Origin: Old English locc from Germanic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861699295​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

lock | locks [plural] | locked [past tense] | locking [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "lock"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/lock

Collins Dictionary:

lock

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "lock"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/lock

Macmillan British Dictionary:

lock [noun] | locks [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "lock"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/lock 18

lock | locked [past tense] | locking [present participle] | locks [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "lock"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/lock

Macmillan American Dictionary:

lock [noun] | locks [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "lock"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/lock 18

lock [verb] | locked [past tense] | locking [present participle] | locks [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "lock"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/lock

Cambridge Dictionary:

lock [entry 7]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "lock"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "lock"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/lock 7

the Free Dictionary:

lock

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "lock"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "lock"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "lock" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/lock

Google Dictionary:

lock | locks [plural] | locked [past tense] | locking [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "lock"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=lock

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

lock

Audio: North American pronunciation of "lock"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=lock​0001 word=lock

YourDictionary Audio:

lock

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "lock" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/lock

freedictionary.org:

lock

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "lock" by speech synthesizer

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