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combination lock

a lock opened by rotating one or more specially marked dials a given number of times through a particular set of positions in a prescribed order and direction.
Origin of combination lock
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • His fingers closed a valve equipped with a combination lock.

    Police Your Planet Lester del Rey
  • It is a combination lock, with five million possible combinations.

    Voyage To Eternity Milton Lesser
  • Nothing, in fact, but a concealed cupboard with a combination lock.

    The Diamond Pin

    Carolyn Wells
  • Back in the passage, I slammed the leaded vault door to and threw in the combination lock.

    Greylorn John Keith Laumer
  • When they turned the combination lock, he tried to learn the figures and the number of turns they made to the right and left.

  • In the room at the foot of the bed was a small steel safe, which Ted found was fastened with a combination lock.

    Ted Strong in Montana

    Edward C. Taylor
  • Propped upon a chair behind him, the electric torch threw its shaft of light full upon the combination lock.

    Somewhere in France Richard Harding Davis
  • Dear me, Im sorry that combination lock broke, exclaimed Billie.

    The Motor Maids' School Days Katherine Stokes
  • Dismounting the Standish, he lugged it back up to the main saloon, replaced it in its safe and again set the combination lock.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • It had not a combination lock, and he had only to find the key to be able to open it with the greatest ease.

British Dictionary definitions for combination lock

combination lock

a type of lock that can only be opened when a set of dials releasing the tumblers of the lock are turned to show a specific sequence of numbers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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