padlock

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English[edit]

A padlock

Etymology[edit]

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).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpadˌlɒk/
  • Hyphenation: pad‧lock

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padlock ‎(plural padlocks)

  1. A detachable lock that can be used to secure something by means of a sliding or hinged shackle

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Verb[edit]

padlock ‎(third-person singular simple present padlocks, present participle padlocking, simple past and past participle padlocked)

  1. To lock using a padlock.

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