Mortise lock

Mortise lock
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. [1913 Webster]

2. A fastening together or interlacing; a closing of one thing upon another; a state of being fixed or immovable. [1913 Webster]

Albemarle Street closed by a lock of carriages. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

3. A place from which egress is prevented, as by a lock. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. The barrier or works which confine the water of a stream or canal. [1913 Webster]

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}. [1913 Webster]

6. That part or apparatus of a firearm by which the charge is exploded; as, a matchlock, flintlock, percussion lock, etc. [1913 Webster]

7. A device for keeping a wheel from turning. [1913 Webster]

8. A grapple in wrestling. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{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 attached.

{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}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Mortise lock — Mortise Mor tise, n. [F. mortaise; cf. Sp. mortaja, Ar. murtazz fixed, or W. mortais, Ir. mortis, moirtis, Gael. moirteis.] A cavity cut into a piece of timber, or other material, to receive something (as the end of another piece) made to fit it …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mortise lock — n BrE [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: mortise hole made for a part to fit into (14 21 centuries), from Old French, probably from Arabic murtaj locked ] a strong lock that fits into a hole cut in the edge of a door American Equivalent: dead bolt …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mortise lock — ► NOUN ▪ a lock set into the framework of a door in a recess or mortise …   English terms dictionary

  • mortise lock — mortise ,lock noun count a strong lock that fits into a hole cut into the frame around a door …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Mortise lock — The two main parts of a mortise lock. Left: the lock body, installed in the thickness of a door. This one has two bolts: a sprung latch at the top, and a locking bolt at the bottom. Right: the box keep, installed in the door jamb. A mortise lock… …   Wikipedia

  • mortise lock — noun : a door lock inserted in a mortise * * * (or Brit mortice lock) noun, pl ⋯ locks [count] chiefly Brit : ↑dead bolt * * * ˈmortise lock f9 [mortise lock mortise locks] …   Useful english dictionary

  • mortise lock — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms mortise lock : singular mortise lock plural mortise locks a strong lock that fits into a hole cut into the frame around a door …   English dictionary

  • mortise lock — mor′tise lock n. bui a lock housed within a mortise in a door, so that the lock mechanism is covered on both sides • Etymology: 1770–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • mortise lock — a lock housed within a mortise in a door or the like, so that the lock mechanism is covered on both sides. [1770 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • mortise lock — noun a lock set within the body of a door in a recess or mortise, as opposed to one attached to the door surface …   English new terms dictionary

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