Locksmith Glossary

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abb. electronic access control
n. a hole drilled into the edge of a door where a bored or interconnected lockset is to be installed
educational occupancy
n. those buildings or areas which are designated as places for education purposes according to life safety or building codes
effective plug diameter
n. the dimension obtained by adding the root depth of a key cut to the length of its corresponding bottom pin which establishes a perfect shear line. This will not necessarily be the same as the actual plug diameter.
effective throw
n. the distance a deadlatch remains projected when the guard bolt has been engaged and end pressure is applied to the latch
abb. Electronics Industry Association
ejector hole
n. a hole found on the bottom of certain interchangeable cores under each pin chamber. It provides a path for the ejector pin.
ejector pin
n. a tool used to drive all the elements of a pin chamber out of certain interchangeable cores
elbow catch
n. an "L" shaped latching mechanism typically mounted to the inside of the inactive leaf of a pair of cabinet doors
electric strike
n. an electro-mechanical strike, which secures or releases the latch via applied current
electrified lockset
n. a lock which is controlled electrically
electronic access control
n. any man made barrier or device that uses electronics and electrical energy derived from any source, to control free or unlimited access to an area, building, or room
emergency code
n. in an electronic lock, a factory-set or user-set code or combination that will open the lock a predetermined number of times
emergency key
n. the key which operates a privacy function lockset
emergency master key
n. a special master key which usually operates all guestroom locks in a hotel master key system at all times, even in the shut out mode. This key may also act as a shut out key.
abb. emergency master key
end cap
n. the cover typically used on the hinge side edge of many touch bar exit devices
end ward
n. a ward which prevents complete insertion and/or rotation of an incorrect key by forming an obstruction to the end of the key
end ward cut
n. any cut made into a key to bypass an end ward
abb. engineer's key
engineer's key
n. a selective master key which is used by maintenance personnel to operate many locks under different master keys in a system of three or more levels of keying
entrapment key
n. a key designed to be captured by a cylinder after insertion
entry/exit delay
n. an alarm or access control feature which allows a specific time lapse between the activation of a switch and the activation of a secondary component
abb. external relocking device 
n. a surface mounted trim which enhances the appearance and/or security of a lock installation
exit alarm
n. an annunciator that signals the opening of an exit door
exit device
n. a door lock/latch mechanism which releases in the direction of exit travel via a bar or panel extending across the major width of the door
exit door
n. 1. a door which has no provision for ingress, 2. a door which fills some or all the code requirement for safe egress of the occupant load from a building or portion of a building
exit only
adj. refers to hardware designed to secure an opening in such a way as to permit exit at all times but prevent entry at all times
expansion specification
n. a requirement for bittings to be planned beyond the immediate needs of a keying system
extended lip strike
n. a strike with a (usually curved) leading edge that protrudes to or beyond the edge of the jamb
extension flush bolt
n. a flush bolt that has a separate escutcheon and faceplate
extension link
n. a device which is used to extend the backset of a spring latch or dead latch

external relocking device
n. a device outside the lock case that prevents the safe door from being opened after attack, two types are typically used, active and passive 

extractor key
n. a tool which normally removes a portion of a two-piece key or blocking device from a keyway



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