What does latch mean?

Definitions for latchlætʃ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word latch.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. latch, door latch(noun)

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

  2. latch(verb)

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

  3. latch(verb)

    fasten with a latch

    "latch the door"


  1. latch(Noun)

    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. latch(Noun)

    A flip-flop electronic circuit

  3. latch(Noun)

    A latching.

  4. latch(Noun)

    A crossbow.

  5. latch(Verb)

    To close or lock as if with a latch

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Latch(verb)

    to smear; to anoint

  2. Latch(noun)

    that which fastens or holds; a lace; a snare

  3. Latch(noun)

    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. Latch(noun)

    a latching

  5. Latch(noun)

    a crossbow

  6. Latch(noun)

    to catch so as to hold

  7. Latch(noun)

    to catch or fasten by means of a latch

  8. Origin: [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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jonathan Gilliam:

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

  2. Martin King:

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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