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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A lock in which the bolt shoots automatically by means of a spring.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a lock that fastens with a spring.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A lock which fastens itself automatically by a spring when the door or lid to which it is attached is shut. Also called latch-lock.


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