from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A detachable lock with a U-shaped bar hinged at one end, designed to be passed through the staple of a hasp or a link in a chain and then snapped shut.
- transitive v. To lock up with or as if with a padlock.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A detachable lock that can be used to secure something by means of a sliding or hinged shackle
- v. To lock using a padlock.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A portable lock with a bow which is usually jointed or pivoted at one end so that it can be opened, the other end being fastened by the bolt, -- used for fastening by passing the bow through a staple over a hasp or through the links of a chain, etc.
- n. A curb; a restraint.
- transitive v. To fasten with, or as with, a padlock; to stop; to shut; to confine as by a padlock.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A portable lock with a pivoted bow or hasp or a sliding hasp, designed to fit over a staple or engage a ring and to hang suspended when closed.
- To fasten by or as by means of a padlock.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. fasten with a padlock
- n. a detachable lock; has a hinged shackle that can be passed through the staple of a hasp or the links in a chain and then snapped shut
Middle English padlok : pad-, of unknown meaning + lok, lock; see lock1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English padlok, from pad-, of unknown origin, + lok ("lock") (Wiktionary)