[ spring-lok ]

  1. a lock that fastens automatically by a spring.

Origin of springlock

First recorded in 1475–85; spring + lock1

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How to use springlock in a sentence

  • He heard the snap of the spring-lock like something bursting in his brain, and sat astonied.

    Tales and Fantasies | Robert Louis Stevenson
  • This door of the ante-chamber has a spring-lock,it can easily get fast shut by the merest accident.

    The Sorrows of Satan | Marie Corelli
  • Says I, ''Tis a spring-lock; pull it to, and it will be fast.'

    She Stands Accused | Victor MacClure
  • He had wrenched his key from his pocket as he tore down the street, and he jumped at the spring-lock like a demon.

  • Mrs. Magill, with great presence of mind, instantly shut the spring-lock door and began to walk up-stairs.

    True and Other Stories | George Parsons Lathrop

British Dictionary definitions for spring lock

spring lock

  1. a type of lock having a spring-loaded bolt, a key being required only to unlock it

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