What does latch mean?

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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.


  1. Latch

    A latch or catch (called sneck in Northern England and Scotland) is a type of mechanical fastener that joins two (or more) objects or surfaces while allowing for their regular separation. A latch typically engages another piece of hardware on the other mounting surface. Depending upon the type and design of the latch, this engaged bit of hardware may be known as a keeper or strike. A latch is not the same as the locking mechanism of a door or window, although often they are found together in the same product. Latches range in complexity from flexible one-piece flat springs of metal or plastic, such as are used to keep blow molded plastic power tool cases closed, to multi-point cammed latches used to keep large doors closed.


  1. latch

    A latch is a mechanical fastening device, usually used to secure a door or gate and very often manually closed. It typically consists of a metal bar that falls into a notch or hole to prevent movement. Additionally, in electronics, a latch can also refer to a type of digital circuit, which is used to store information by maintaining a certain state even after the input signals have changed.

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.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LATCH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Latch is ranked #23100 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Latch surname appeared 1,105 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Latch.

    89.6% or 991 total occurrences were White.
    4.8% or 53 total occurrences were Black.
    3% or 34 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 15 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 6 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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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. David Glance:

    Politicians singularly fail to understand what (the digital economy) is all about. They latch onto trends and buzzwords, there still isn't a problem that bitcoin solves, other than buying drugs.

  3. 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.

  4. Jonathan Gilliam:

    If you do that, even if you leave, now you've set a footprint for the police to latch onto.

  5. Rand Paul:

    I have been one of the leading proponents saying that any agreement that we come to with Iran has to come back and be voted on by Congress, i think that people are desperate somehow to latch on to the status quo and so they put out falsehoods.

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