from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fastening, as for a door or gate, typically consisting of a bar that fits into a notch or slot and is lifted from either side by a lever or string.
- n. A spring lock, as for a door, that is opened from the outside by a key.
- transitive v. To close or lock with or as if with a latch.
- intransitive v. To have or be closed with a latch.
- intransitive v. To shut tightly so that the latch is engaged: a door too warped to latch.
- idiom on to To get hold of; obtain: latched on to a fortune in the fur trade.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. A flip-flop electronic circuit
- n. A latching.
- n. A crossbow.
- v. To close or lock as if with a latch
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To smear; to anoint.
- n. That which fastens or holds; a lace; a snare.
- n. 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.
- n. A latching.
- n. A crossbow.
- transitive v. To catch so as to hold.
- transitive v. To catch or fasten by means of a latch.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To seize; lay hold of; snatch; catch.
- To take; snatch up or off.
- To receive; obtain.
- To hold; support; retain.
- To close or fasten with a latch; as, to latch a gate.
- To snatch: with at.
- To light or fall.
- To tarry; loiter; lag.
- n. A device for catching or retaining something; a catch.
- n. A kind of gravity-lock, or door fastening consisting of some form of pivoted bolt falling into and catching against a catch or stop. Latches are usually made with a lifter or lever for raising the bar from either side of the door. Some simple forms consist merely of a wooden baron the inside, which is raised by a string passed through a hole in the door, Door- and gate-latches are made in many forms, and are described by their names, rim-, night-, thumb-latches, etc.
- n. Nautical, a small line like a loop, used to fasten a bonnet on the foot of a sail. Also latching.
- n. The trigger of a crossbow; hence, the crossbow itself when it is of the kind discharged by a latch.
- n. In a knitting-machine, same as fly, 3 .
- To pour or drip (water); dribble.
- To drip a liquid upon; moisten.
- See leach.
- n. A miry place.
- n. A tanners' pit, sunk below the general level of the ground, in which ooze is prepared from tan-bark or other similar material by leaching it with water. A contraction of latch- or leach-pit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. spring-loaded doorlock that can only be opened from the outside with a key
- n. catch for fastening a door or gate; a bar that can be lowered or slid into a groove
- v. fasten with a latch
Middle English latche, from lacchen, to seize, from Old English læccan.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English latche ("a latch"), from lacchen ("to seize"), from Old English læċċan ("to grasp, take hold of, catch, seize"), from Proto-Germanic *lak(w)janan, *lakkijanan (“to seize”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)lag-, *(s)lagw- (“to take, seize”). (Wiktionary)