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1latch

verb \ˈlach\

Definition of LATCH

intransitive verb
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

verb

Definition of LATCH

transitive verb
:  to make fast with or as if with a latch

First Known Use of LATCH

15th century
LATCHING Defined for Kids

1latch

noun \ˈlach\

Definition of LATCH for Kids

:  a movable piece that holds a door, gate, or window closed

2latch

verb
latchedlatch·ing

Definition of LATCH for Kids

:  to close or fasten with a latch

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