from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A form of door-lock with a spring-latch which may be opened by a knob or handle from the inside, but only by a key from the outside.


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  • The upper part is separated from the lower by a massive door which opens from the hall and gives access to the staircase and which is fitted with a Chubb night-latch.

    The Eye of Osiris

  • The door closed softly behind the retreating figure of the attorney-general, and Kent released the spring of the night-latch.

    The Grafters

  • "Please don't think me ungrateful," she said, when she had thrown the night-latch for him.

    The Grafters

  • The country was pulling out of debt, and the treasury had enough boodle in it for him to amuse himself occasionally with the night-latch.

    Rolling Stones

  • He had not long to wait; he heard the night-latch click sharply, and a moment thereafter the door swung open, and he confronted not a servant but Dora, looking nearly as white and quite as grave as she had on the day of the ride.

    Three People

  • Not a word passed between them until he stood with his hand on the night-latch; then he said:

    Three People

  • This did not come into her mind till she found herself again at Mrs. Montgomery's door, where she stood in a panic ecstasy at having got rid of the letter, which the special stamp seemed to make still more irrevocable, and tried to fit her night-latch into the lock.

    The Coast of Bohemia

  • Belated Husband, opening a door with a night-latch.

    Italian Journeys

  • The rattle of a night-latch made itself heard in the outer door.

    The Minister's Charge

  • But she couldn't manage the night-latch, and so Margaret had to follow her.

    A Little Girl in Old New York


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