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padlock

[pad-lok] /ˈpædˌlɒk/
noun
1.
a portable or detachable lock with a pivoted or sliding shackle that can be passed through a link, ring, staple, or the like.
verb (used with object)
2.
to fasten with or as with a padlock.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English padlok. See pod3, lock1
Related forms
unpadlocked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pad lock

padlock

/ˈpædˌlɒk/
noun
1.
a detachable lock having a hinged or sliding shackle, which can be used to secure a door, lid, etc, by passing the shackle through rings or staples
verb
2.
(transitive) to fasten with or as if with a padlock
Word Origin
C15 pad, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for pad lock

padlock

n.

"removable lock," late 15c., from lokke (see lock (n.)), but the first element is of unknown origin.

v.

1640s, from padlock (n.). Related: Padlocked; padlocking.

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