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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Anything used to prevent the turning of a key, as a loop of wire hung over the door-knob and passed through the bow of the key.
  • n. A tapered or wedge-shaped piece of metal which holds the breech-block or breech-plug of a gun firmly closed when it is inserted in the seat: a modification of the grip-fastener.

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