latch

10 ENTRIES FOUND:

1latch

intransitive verb \ˈlach\

Definition of LATCH

1
:  to lay hold with or as if with the hands or arms —used with on or onto
2
:  to associate oneself intimately and often artfully —used with on or onto <latched onto a rich widow>

Origin of LATCH

Middle English lachen, from Old English læccan; perhaps akin to Greek lambanein to take, seize
First Known Use: 13th century

2latch

noun

: a device that holds a door, gate, or window closed and that consists of a bar that falls into a holder when it is closed and that is lifted when it is open

: a type of door lock that can be opened from the inside by turning a lever or knob but can only be opened from the outside with a key

Full Definition of LATCH

:  any of various devices in which mating mechanical parts engage to fasten but usually not to lock something:
a :  a fastener (as for a door) consisting essentially of a pivoted bar that falls into a notch
b :  a fastener (as for a door) in which a spring slides a bolt into a hole; also :  night latch

Examples of LATCH

  1. He lifted the latch and opened the gate.
  2. I heard her key turn in the latch.

First Known Use of LATCH

13th century

Other Hardware Terms

adze, auger, awl, chock, ferrule, punch, tang

3latch

transitive verb

Definition of LATCH

:  to make fast with or as if with a latch

First Known Use of LATCH

15th century

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