from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A round or flat wedge of iron passed through a hole in the inner end of a bolt to prevent its withdrawal when a strain is placed on it.
  • noun In medieval armor, a clasp or catch serving to hold the helm, or in some cases the beaver or the mentonnière, to the gorgerin or breastplate in front.
  • Nautical, to secure by a forelock, as a bolt.
  • noun The lock of hair that grows from the fore part of the head; a prominent or somewhat detached lock above the forehead, especially of a horse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The lock of hair that grows from the forepart of the head.
  • noun (Mech.) A cotter or split pin, as in a slot in a bolt, to prevent retraction; a linchpin; a pin fastening the cap-square of a gun.
  • noun a bolt retained by a key, gib, or cotter passing through a slot.
  • noun (Rope Making) a winch or whirl by which a bunch of three yarns is twisted into a standard.
  • noun to make prompt use of anything; not to let slip an opportunity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The part of a person's hairstyle which covers the forehead.
  • noun The part of a horse's mane that lies on its forehead.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a lock of hair growing (or falling) over the forehead
  • noun a lock of a horse's mane that grows forward between the ears


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  • "Whereas previously captives were kept tied in huts, Grant, Oswald & Co. had a fifteen-foot stone wall built around an area about 150 feet square, so that people could be held in larger numbers outdoors. In 1751 the British firm sent to the fortress one hundred shackles, one hundred pairs of handcuffs, one thousand forelocks (another restraint), and some chain, along with goods the whites could use to pay local chiefs."

    —Edward Ball, Slaves in the Family (NY: Ballantine Books, 1998), 428

    October 13, 2009