combination lock

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noun

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.

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Origin of combination lock

First recorded in 1850–55

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Examples from the Web for combination lock

  • "I'm at it, but it's locked with a combination-lock," she said.

    The Sargasso of Space|Edmond Hamilton
  • The movements, of course, have to follow in proper succession, as in any other kind of combination-lock.

    Sharps and Flats|John Nevil Maskelyne


British Dictionary definitions for combination lock

combination lock

noun

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
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