from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bolt set in action by a knob on one or both sides of a door, thus performing the function of a latch, or made by means of a spring or other locking device to perform the function of a lock.
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On just part of the hinge and on the lock-bolt, the wooden door pivoted inward, letting in a blessed breath of fresh air.
The monitor glanced at the gate, and Tang heard the sharp double click of the heavy lock-bolt sliding into its catch.
He had shoved his key in the lock, but had failed to notice that the lock-bolt was already turned back.
The sexton shook his head very solemnly and turned the great key, the rusty lock-bolt shooting back reluctantly, and the door turning slowly on its hinges, which gave forth a dismal creak.
There could be no mistaking the character of the champfered edge, that still bore the marks of the tool, nor that of the square perforation for the lock-bolt; and a rising theory, that would have referred the boulder-clay to a period in which the polar ice, set loose by the waters of the Noachian deluge, came floating southwards over the foundered land, straightway stumbled against it, and fell.
Then he told him who he was from first to last and acquainted him with what caused him to quit his native land and royal state, and how he had not entered his house of his free will, but that it was the girl who had broken the lock-bolt and done all this. [