American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A lock that will open only when its dial is turned through a predetermined sequence of positions identified on the dial face by numbers or letters.
- n. A type of lock in which a sequence of numbers or symbols is needed to open the lock.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a lock in which the mechanism is controlled by means of a movable dial (sometimes by several dials or rings) inscribed with letters or other characters. The bolt of the lock can not be operated until after the dial has been so turned as to combine the characters in a certain order or succession.
- n. lock that can be opened only by turning dials in a special sequence
“And after twenty-six thousand years, all it took was the right combination lock of her prayer as a member of the Remnant—a Light Nephilim with twelve strands of DNA hiding in her half-human genetic code, to fuse with the Angel of Death’s intention to liberate his trapped and suffering brethren.”
“There were not, at large, many criminal virtuosi of the combination lock who would be equal to this one.”
“He worked the combination lock and opened it, letting the lid swing smoothly up to lean back against the edge of the desk, then opened the carved wooden jewelry box sitting inside among the papers and cyls.”
“From the hall I fetched my Antler Tronic Medium Roller-Case with integrated combination lock and adjustable towing handle, once a treasured possession to adorn a meaningless existence.”
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