from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A latch that snaps into the keeper after yielding to the pressure against it. See cuts under latch.


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  • A spring-latch lock is easy prey for burglars who are "loiding" experts.


  • Matthews pressed a spring-latch and led me into a little cabin-like room.

    Traffics and Discoveries

  • A simple form of spring-latch is shown by Fig. 196, as you may see, _A_ is

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  • Fig. 197 shows the inside of the door with the spring-latch, catches and all complete; it also gives details of the wooden catch _A_ with guards _D_ and _C_ and the fastening of the stick in the spool by a peg driven through the end of the stick at

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  • After the stick with the _E_ spool on it has been run through the slot from the outside of the door, thence through the spring-latch _B_ and into the spool _F_, it is fastened there by driving around its end some thin wedges of wood or by allowing it to protrude and running a small peg through the protruding end, as shown by _F_, _G_ (Fig. 197, lower diagram).

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  • _B_ (Fig. 197) is the spring-latch which is held in place by the spool _F_.

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  • The stick or peg which runs through the spools and the slot also runs through a hole made for that purpose in the spring-latch, as shown at _F_ (Fig. 197).

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  • Of course, you know by now that the hood release on this car must be external, through a spring-latch mechanism above the grille, as it is on vintage cars.

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  • "It was fast, Swift -- bolt and spring-latch, both.

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