Definition of lockdown in English:


Line breaks: lock|down
Pronunciation: /ˈlɒkdaʊn


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  • 1The confining of prisoners to their cells, typically in order to regain control during a riot: the lockdown has been in effect since October 1983
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    • Administrators responded with an institution lockdown, confining all prisoners to their cells.
    • Furthermore, they are typically barred from areas where ministry is most needed: maximum security prisons, solitary confinement blocks, and twenty-three-hour lockdowns.
    • This final act of defiance precipitated a lockdown of the entire Texas state prison system.
  • 1.1A state of isolation or restricted access instituted as a security measure: the university is on lockdown and nobody has been able to leave
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    • Authorities responded by putting the entire city in lockdown.
    • Security officials then put the nuclear station on lockdown.
    • Harding High School, about two blocks east of the crime scene, was placed on lockdown for a short period in the morning.

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