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[guhn-lok] /ˈgʌnˌlɒk/
the mechanism of a firearm by which the charge is exploded.
Origin of gunlock
First recorded in 1645-55; gun1 + lock1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Fowler took to a tree, and shot Indians till his gunlock got out of order.

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  • Shorty's thumb played a little with his gunlock, but Si restrained him with a look.

  • Inside it was a clock, which could be set to run a certain time and then loosen a sort of gunlock.

  • A bombshell filled with gunpowder, a gunlock, and a small clock, have been suggested as forming the components of this invention.

  • Shorty turned around and backed up to him so that the calves of their legs touched, and began intently studying his gunlock.

  • He arranged a system of signals with Shorty, by which one click of his gunlock meant halt, and two to come ahead.

  • Si clicked his gunlock, and waited till he had counted 25 rebels gathered there, which seemed to be all, as no more appeared.

British Dictionary definitions for gunlock


the mechanism in some firearms that causes the charge to be exploded
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