mortise lock



a lock housed within a mortise in a door or the like, so that the lock mechanism is covered on both sides.

Nearby words

  1. mortimer,
  2. mortise,
  3. mortise block,
  4. mortise chisel,
  5. mortise joint,
  6. mortling,
  7. mortmain,
  8. morton,
  9. morton grove,
  10. morton's syndrome

Origin of mortise lock

First recorded in 1770–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mortise lock

  • A mortise-lock is fitted in a similar way, but let into a mortise (see Mortising).

    Woodworking for Beginners|Charles Gardner Wheeler

British Dictionary definitions for mortise lock

mortise lock


a lock set into a mortise in a door so that the mechanism of the lock is enclosed by the door
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