Definition of padlock in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpadˌläk/ /ˈpædˌlɑk/

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  • A detachable lock hanging by a pivoted hook on the object fastened.

    ‘a padlock on the garden gate’
    • ‘It was locked with a padlock, and padlocks are especially easy to pick.’
    • ‘Pin-tumbler locking mechanisms make padlocks harder to pick.’
    • ‘The briefcase is now locked with two padlocks so no one can get the present.’
    • ‘Indeed, many ‘soft’ cases can be locked with a simple padlock but don't offer the kind of protection a hard-shell case or box can deliver.’
    • ‘This is basically a lock box with an unusual two-piece anti-pry construction that locks with a quality padlock.’
    • ‘The room was small, with machinery set on one side, behind bullet proof containers which were locked with a padlock.’
    • ‘Alex leaned up against the locker near hers and waited patiently for her to stick her coat in the locker and get the padlock on and locked.’
    • ‘Front doors are often chained in triple loops and locked with massive padlocks.’
    • ‘The offenders broke into the ground floor shop through a metal reinforced door - with five locks, a padlock and two steel bars - sometime before 6am on Tuesday.’
    • ‘The padlock on my garden shed was sawn open and the contents rummaged through though nothing was stolen due to a heavy main gate preventing this.’
    • ‘Smashing padlocks and deadbolts, the men checked for booby traps as they felt their way by flashlight from room to room.’
    • ‘We padlock the box and send it to our colleague who then padlocks it with his padlock and returns it to us.’
    • ‘Slam-shut locks provide a higher degree of protection than padlocks.’
    • ‘One local senior police officer told an area board meeting that it is because we tend to leave our doors and windows open, or have cheap padlocks on garden sheds!’
    • ‘The thieves entered the premises after removing the padlocks with bolt cutters and a substantial number of potted shrubs and herbaceous plants were removed in broad daylight.’
    • ‘Anyone can snap shut an open padlock - you don't need a key to lock it - but opening it again is really tough.’
    • ‘Secure septic tank lids with locking mechanisms such as a padlock, specialized bolts, or other devices to keep out children and animals.’
    • ‘They used bolt croppers to break through padlocks and tried to put out of action the alarm that linked the store to the fire service.’
    • ‘I unlock the padlock and slide back the bolt and go to push the door open.’
    • ‘Other smiths were more talented in making locks and padlocks that had fine springs of steel in them to operate the locking mechanism.’
    fastening, catch, fastener
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transitive verb

[with object]
  • Secure with a padlock.

    ‘his father had padlocked the gate’
    • ‘a padlocked door’
    • ‘One gate is padlocked - but chained so carelessly a man could squeeze through the gap with ease.’
    • ‘Members of council noted that media reports of the incident had frightened seniors who are now padlocking their doors.’
    • ‘Andy was padlocked behind a steel door when I arrived.’
    • ‘He said they then climbed through his bedroom window to try to get the money because the front door was padlocked shut.’
    • ‘He could not say whether the gate was padlocked, but it was secured.’
    • ‘But he was accused of acting beyond his powers by padlocking the gates to land not owned by the football club.’
    • ‘By padlocking the gate, he said, she was illegally blocking him from his land.’
    • ‘A gate has been padlocked on an access road leading down to one beach to prevent vehicles getting too close; and various agencies have been put on alert.’
    • ‘This was in stark contrast to Monday when school officials were forced to cancel classes after parents padlocked the gates.’
    • ‘I could never understand why for the past 70 or more years it has been closed to the public with a big gate which was padlocked.’
    • ‘They were unable to get their ambulance on to the ground because vehicle-access gates were padlocked.’
    • ‘There is a fence dividing the space from the patio of a bar named Sandbar and the gate is padlocked closed.’
    • ‘One of the doors was padlocked from the outside.’
    • ‘She padlocked windows and doors and added extra wire mesh over the windows of the rooms housing her collection.’
    • ‘The back door to the van was padlocked, but luckily he was in the front and could get out of the vehicle through the passenger door.’
    • ‘Using the tall doors from one of the barns they had created a strong, padlocked gate across the stone bridge which spanned the width of the water.’
    • ‘He padlocked the box, sealed the lock and chained the box to ensure that it would not be tampered with.’
    • ‘Many farmers are padlocking their tanks and many now have their dogs sleeping under their petrol tanks.’
    • ‘He made national headlines in 1999 when he padlocked the gym and cancelled practices and games until his players improved their grades.’
    • ‘The shutters on the upstairs windows were firmly padlocked.’
    lock, lock up, fasten, chain, bolt
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Late 15th century from pad- (of unknown origin) + the noun lock.