Definition of lockdown in English:

lockdown

noun

North American
  • 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’
    • ‘But survivors occasionally breached the lockdown and came to the fence to tell their stories, each one astonishing.’
    • ‘Inmates in three California prisons are being kept in their cells on 24-hour-a-day lockdowns to save money on overtime pay for guards.’
    • ‘In 2 men cell lockdown the only person that you can fight with is your celly.’
    • ‘Outside of lockdown, captives are warehoused like cattle.’
    • ‘Some were held in lockdowns for 23 hours a day, and then taken from their cells bound in handcuffs, leg irons and waist chains.’
    • ‘More than 100 prisoners were placed on lockdown for the rest of the day following protest early last Monday morning.’
    • ‘She ripped out the spoon, and tried to run for the door, but somebody had put the whole prison in lockdown.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In lockdown it is not physically possible to have sex with anyone other than your celly.’
    • ‘Though he has no criminal record, murderers and junkies and 23-hour lockdowns became part of his life.’
    • ‘This final act of defiance precipitated a lockdown of the entire Texas state prison system.’
    • ‘Luckily the prisoners where all in lockdown at the moment so they could keep the casualties down to a minimum.’
    1. 1.1 A state of isolation or restricted access instituted as a security measure:
      ‘the university is on lockdown and nobody has been able to leave’
      • ‘There remains a lockdown for Building 44, where the situation is developing.’
      • ‘Finally, we were let off lockdown later in the afternoon.’
      • ‘A security lockdown tantamount to a state of emergency prevailed in the German city of Mainz on Rhine on Wednesday, February 23.’
      • ‘Anti-government protests which spread from Tibet into western provinces are under control, the Chinese government said yesterday, as much of the region remained in lockdown.’
      • ‘But firms insist that they are working through the lockdowns.’
      • ‘Security officials then put the nuclear station on lockdown.’
      • ‘A lockdown has now been lifted at Saint Peter's College in New Jersey.’
      • ‘Authorities responded by putting the entire city in lockdown.’
      • ‘The lockdown was lifted a few hours later.’
      • ‘They can impose lockdowns immediately, by force if necessary.’
      • ‘Harding High School, about two blocks east of the crime scene, was placed on lockdown for a short period in the morning.’
      • ‘But these schools have been on lockdown the past few days anyway; they took no extra precaution.’
      • ‘Israeli officials said the lockdown was necessary to stop the movement of Hizbullah weapons around Lebanon.’
      • ‘They had us on lockdown.’
      • ‘Read all about the Linkin Park lockdown.’
      • ‘Also, here's a good reason for being on lockdown.’
      • ‘Schools were put in lockdown, and students sent home early.’
      • ‘But, again, the college is still on lockdown.’
      • ‘A lock-down has banned the movement of citrus plants, fruit and equipment outside the Emerald, Peak Downs, and Bauhinia shires.’
      • ‘But even though Times Square was under lockdown for a couple of hours this morning, we are happy to report that traffic is once again flowing.’

Pronunciation:

lockdown

/ˈlɒkdaʊn/