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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
the click of a latch/door/lock etc
▪ The click of the latch told me Michele was back.
▪ You could just lift the old-fashioned latch and walk in.
▪ In a moment he will lift the latch and kick the bottom of the door.
▪ Put childproof latches on cabinet doors and drawers.
▪ A jammed hinge or latch can be freed with a penetrating oil such as Plus Gas.
▪ I can still remember the click of the latch as she shut the door behind her.
▪ Luce was studying them intently, when the click of the latch told her Michele was back.
▪ Please would you tell the Brigadier that one-five-one is the combination that unlocks the right-hand latch of a black crocodile briefcase.
▪ She glanced at John quickly and then leaned forward, slipped the latch, and pushed it open.
▪ Some have side-mounted pullout sections; park the vehicle, flip a few latches and presto, instant living room.
▪ The latch clanged loudly as the gate was pulled shut.
▪ You got just a little latch in there right.
▪ Well, the way to wealth and power is to latch on to this.
▪ Rangers continued to move forward and four minutes later Ferdinand latched on to a fine chip by Ian Holloway.
▪ Instead, we latch on to shortsighted, shallow solutions, like closing our borders and becoming isolationists.
▪ But this has not stopped some librarians latching on to the high cost of conservation as a reason for dispersing valuable books.
▪ Many people tried to latch on to certain ideas with the first record.
▪ They latched on to walls and remained motionless.
▪ Hall gives a funny and moving account of the misfit schoolchild latching on to the new arrival.
▪ Even Starbucks has latched on to the trend, adding a drive-through window at a store last month.
▪ I don't think Conrad was latching on properly, but I must admit breastfeeding did confuse me.
▪ If your players don't latch on to such throwaways first time, too bad.
▪ Rangers continued to move forward and four minutes later Ferdinand latched on to a fine chip by Ian Holloway.
▪ Rule No. 1: Always latch your refrigerator before takeoff.
▪ She had stupidly given him the name Marie and he had latched on to it.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Latching \Latch"ing\, n. (Naut.) A loop or eye formed on the head rope of a bonnet, by which it is attached to the foot of a sail; -- called also latch and lasket. [Usually in pl.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English læccan "to grasp or seize," from Proto-Germanic *lakkijanan. Not found in other Germanic languages; probably from PIE *(s)lagw- "to seize" (see analemma). In its original sense the verb was paralleled in Middle English and then replaced by French import catch (v.). Meaning "to fasten with a latch" is mid-15c. Related: Latched; latching.


a fastening for a door, etc., late 13c., probably from latch (v.).


Etymology 1 n. 1 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 A flip-flop electronic circuit 3 (context obsolete English) A latching. 4 (context obsolete English) A crossbow. 5 (context obsolete English) That which fastens or holds; a lace; a snare. vb. 1 To close or lock as if with a latch 2 To catch; lay hold of Etymology 2

vb. (context obsolete English) To smear; to anoint.


v. fasten with a latch; "latch the door"

  1. n. spring-loaded doorlock that can only be opened from the outside with a key [syn: door latch]

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


Latch may refer to:

Latch (song)

"Latch" is a song by English garage-house duo Disclosure. It features the vocals from English singer and songwriter Sam Smith. It was released as a digital download on 8 October 2012 by PMR Records. The lead single from their debut studio album, Settle (2013), the song debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 26 and has peaked at number 11. In the United States, "Latch" was a sleeper hit, peaking at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2014.

Latch (hardware)

A latch (called sneck in Northern England and Scotland) is a type of mechanical fastener that is used to join two (or more) objects or surfaces together while allowing for the regular or eventual separation of the objects or surfaces. 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. Note that 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.

Usage examples of "latch".

At the end of the passageway was the massive hatch to the aft compartment that lay open on its latch.

Jiggering the latch inside as quietly as he could, Alec opened the shutter and climbed through.

But even to me, an Invisible Man, the rows of London houses stood latched, barred, and bolted impregnably.

Returning to StregaSchloss with the morning papers and milk, Latch the butler had vanished bearing a bottle of calamine lotion and a wire brush in the hopes of calming down his new crop of midge bites.

Shadows filled the distant corners, obscured the ceiling, and cloaked the tidy carrels and the latched cabinets set against the walls.

Still he remained, listening, until he heard the distant clunk of her bedchamber latch falling.

It began to get coldish, and I pulled the latch -- it was there just the same -- and went into the old room.

Rearing up, the dalf pressed on the latch with one huge paw, then shouldered the door open and went in.

The pain in her eyes darkened his and when she latched onto his wrist with surprisingly strong hands, he was held by something elusive, something he felt he was close to understanding, or perhaps would never understand.

The wind rattled the closed shutters against their latches, and she shifted on the hard wooden chair, hiding impatience behind a sip of honeyless tea.

When the breaker opens, electrical power to the electromagnets is shut off, the magnets lose their magnetism, and the latches of the rods open, .

From abovestairs, she could hear the muffled sounds of door latches clinking into place as her guests entered their respective bedchambers.

Burn was already up at the entry to the cabin, nosing the door, having gotten, over a lifetime, damned clever with latches and latch strings.

A loud series of clunks and bangs signaled that the hard-dock latches were withdrawn.

They had the latches closed, the headsets on and plugged in at the console.