Sinonimi: rear of barrel | rear of tube
(Irregular plural: breeches).
Where bullets are loaded; SYN. rear of barrel, rear of tube.
1. A fastener (as a buckle or hook) that is used to hold two things together.
2. The act of grasping; SYN. clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, grip, hold.
ETYM Of. closure, Latin clausura, from clauedere to shut. Related to Close.
1. A rule for ending debate in a deliberative body; SYN. cloture, gag rule.
2. Termination of operations; SYN. closedown, closing, shutdown.
Means of ending legislative debate; American, closure.
Attaches to something or holds something in place; SYN. fastening, holdfast.
1. A fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed.
2. A device incorporated into the ignition switch to prevent the use of a vehicle by persons who do not have the key; SYN. ignition lock.
3. A mechanism that detonates the charge of a gun.
4. A strand or cluster of hair; SYN. curl, ringlet, whorl.
5. Any wrestling hold in which some part of the opponent's body is twisted or pressured.
6. Section of canal that can be closed to control the water level; used to raise or lower vessels that pass through it; SYN. lock chamber.
Construction installed in waterways to allow boats or ships to travel from one level to another. The earliest form, the flash lock, was first seen in the East in 1st-century-AD China and in the West in 11th-century Holland. By this method barriers temporarily dammed a river and when removed allowed the flash flood to propel the waiting boat through any obstacle. This was followed in 12th-century China and 14th-century Holland by the pound lock. In this system the lock has gates at each end. Boats enter through one gate when the levels are the same both outside and inside. Water is then allowed in (or out of) the lock until the level rises (or falls) to the new level outside the other gate.
Locks are important to shipping where canals link oceans of differing levels, such as the Panama Canal, or where falls or rapids are replaced by these adjustable water “steps”.
1. A stamp affixed to a document (as to attest to its authenticity or to seal it).
2. A finishing coating applied to seal out especially moisture.
3. A device incised to make an impression; used to secure a closing or to authenticate documents; SYN. stamp.
4. A tight and perfect closure.
5. Mark or impression made in a block of wax to authenticate letters and documents. Seals were used in ancient China and are still used in China, Korea, and Japan.
1. A hinged blind for a window.
2. A mechanical device on a camera that opens and closes to control the time of a photographic exposure.