latch

verb (1)
\ ˈlach \
latched; latching; latches

Definition of latch 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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

latch

noun

Definition of latch (Entry 2 of 3)

: 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

latch

verb (2)
latched; latching; latches

Definition of latch (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make fast with or as if with a latch

Examples of latch in a Sentence

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For example, the hood latches on a Jeep usually line up with the inside of the front tires. Jakob Schiller, Outside Online, "Pick the Right Line, Drive Over Anything," 19 June 2018 As many Sixers fans have latched on to former General Manager Sam Hinkie as somewhat of a martyr figure, there were a number of tweets saying that Hinkie died for The Process. The Heat Index, azcentral, "Twitter reacts to story on former Suns GM Bryan Colangelo's possible burner accounts," 30 May 2018 Mats Hummels was the latest player to fluff his lines after latching on to a ball around the six-yard box. Nathan Hilditch, Pro Soccer USA, "South Korea 2-0 Germany: Champions curse strikes again as Germany exits World Cup," 27 June 2018 Mats Hummels was the latest player to fluff his lines after latching on to a ball around the six-yard box. SI.com, "South Korea 2-0 Germany: Champions Curse Strikes Again as Germany Suffer Shock World Cup Exit," 27 June 2018 Brown played youth soccer before latching onto football for good in fifth grade. J.c. Carnahan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lake Brantley tailback Amani Brown thrives despite losing right foot as a child," 15 June 2018 Instead of backing more centrist candidates in 2018 and returning the GOP to something resembling a mainstream political party, many voters are latching on to whoever bears the strongest resemblance to Donald Trump. Jay Willis, GQ, "Paul Ryan Doomed to Finish Out Political Career in a Hell of His Own Creation," 13 June 2018 Car dealership groups and startup companies also are latching onto the idea. Carroll Lachnit, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "To buy or not to buy? Car subscriptions offer alternative for new car shoppers," 4 May 2018 Car dealership groups and startup companies also are latching onto the idea. Washington Post, "To buy or not to buy? Car subscriptions offer an alternative," 3 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The frozen research material appears to have been pushed out of the transport container, after the latch failed, due to pressure from a secondary interior container holding dry ice, Willis said. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Tuberculosis spilled at Hopkins because latch failed," 7 July 2018 Frozen tuberculosis spilled Thursday within the Johns Hopkins Cancer Research Building, creating a potential hazard after a latch failed on a transport container, an official with the medical institution said Friday. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Tuberculosis spilled at Hopkins because latch failed," 7 July 2018 The 25-quart cooler has been modernized with beefy latches, stainless steel kick plates, and tie-down loops for securing the load in your ride. Joe Ray, WIRED, "5 Pieces of Primo Meal-Prep Gear for the Campsite Gourmet," 6 July 2018 After the child’s death, Smith filed an April 6 lawsuit seeking $1 million in damages from G6 Hospitality and Smit Inc., alleging that a broken gate latch at the pool and lax security caused his daughter's death, the Lufkin Daily News reports. Jared Gilmour, star-telegram, "Dad slept as toddler wandered Motel 6. It happened again — and a child died, Texas cops say | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 7 May 2018 The infant latches and calms for a moment, and Serena Joy is in heaven at getting to pseudo-nurse. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 12 Recap: 15 Reactions to 'Postpartum'," 4 July 2018 But Canada’s space agency has noticed some wear and tear on the mechanisms over time, and one of the latches actually failed in fall 2017. Loren Grush, The Verge, "SpaceX is sending an AI robot ‘crew member’ to join the astronauts on the space station," 28 June 2018 Flip the four latches and pop it off in seconds so a bald driver can stay covered while a sunbathing passenger can get baked. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2018 Jeep Wrangler rules the off-road world," 26 Apr. 2018 Traditional pulls and latches from House of Antique Hardware. Sarah Yang, House Beautiful, "Top Pin of the Day: A Mint Green Farmhouse Kitchen," 12 May 2014

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First Known Use of latch

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for latch

Verb (1)

Middle English lachen, from Old English læccan; perhaps akin to Greek lambanein to take, seize

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latch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of latch

: 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

latch

noun
\ ˈlach \

Kids Definition of latch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

latch

verb
latched; latching

Kids Definition of latch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to close or fasten with a latch

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