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Princeton's WordNet

  1. latch, door latchnoun

    spring-loaded doorlock that can only be opened from the outside with a key

  2. latchverb

    catch for fastening a door or gate; a bar that can be lowered or slid into a groove

  3. latchverb

    fasten with a latch

    "latch the door"


  1. latchnoun

    A fastening for a door that has a bar that fits into a notch or slot, and is lifted by a lever or string from either side.

  2. latchnoun

    A flip-flop electronic circuit

  3. latchnoun

    A latching.

  4. latchnoun

    A crossbow.

  5. latchverb

    To close or lock as if with a latch

  6. Etymology: latche, from lacchen, from læccan, from lak(w)janan, from (s)lag-.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. LATCHnoun

    A catch of a door moved by a string, or a handle.

    Etymology: letse, Dutch; laccio, Italian.

    The latch mov’d up. John Gay, Pastorals.

    Then comes rosy health from her cottage of thatch,
    Where never physician had lifted the latch. Christopher Smart.

  2. To Latchverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    He had strength to reach his father’s house: the door was only latched; and, when he had the latch in his hand, he turned about his head to see his pursuer. John Locke.

    But hast thou yet latch’d the Athenian’s eyes
    With the love juice, as I did bid thee do? William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Latchverb

    to smear; to anoint

  2. Latchnoun

    that which fastens or holds; a lace; a snare

  3. Latchnoun

    a movable piece which holds anything in place by entering a notch or cavity; specifically, the catch which holds a door or gate when closed, though it be not bolted

  4. Latchnoun

    a latching

  5. Latchnoun

    a crossbow

  6. Latchnoun

    to catch so as to hold

  7. Latchnoun

    to catch or fasten by means of a latch

  8. Etymology: [OE. lacchen. See Latch. n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Latch

    lach, v.t. (Shak.) to moisten. [Leach.]

  2. Latch

    lach, n. a small piece of wood or iron to fasten a door.—v.t. to fasten with a latch: to hold, retain: (obs.) to seize.—ns. Latch′et, a strap or buckle for fastening a shoe; Latch′key, a key to raise the latch of a door.—On the latch, not locked, but opened by a latch. [A.S. læccan, to catch.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. latch

    An old term for a cross-bow; temp. Henry VII.--Lee-latch. Dropping to leeward of the course.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of latch in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of latch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of latch in a Sentence

  1. Zulfiqar Ahmad:

    There was panic in the classroom and some students rushed out to see what was going on, but they soon came rushing back in, one of them closed the door and put on the latch.

  2. Duane Engebretson:

    Alyssa Alyssa and her parents felt that if [ Mayo ] got their hands on Alyssa Alyssa, they would latch on and Alyssa Alyssa and her parents wouldn't get Alyssa Alyssa back again.

  3. Martin King:

    It's another incident that anti-pipeline types and environmentalists... will latch on to say this stuff is dangerous.

  4. Brother Colm O'Connell:

    That's when (Kenya) started to latch on to the idea that this needs to be tackled, she was the first real elite athlete to set people back on their heels.

  5. Todd Bailey:

    We're all from Vermont and we've all voted for Bernie a number of times, and he's a little bit quirky. People really latch on to the combination of his personality as well as what he stands for.

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