from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To unfasten or open by releasing the latch.
  • intransitive v. To become unfastened or opened.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Remove from a latch

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To open or loose by lifting the latch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To open or loose, as a door, by lifting the latch; also, to loose the latchet of: as, to unlatch a shoe.
  • To become open or loose through the lifting of a latch.


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  • Getting that right hand to unlatch from the hold it's clinging to desperately when the crash pad is twelve feet under your butt and the next hold requires a great big lunge on awkwardly-positioned feet to get to, and you're, you know, mostly upside-down ... it's a little challenging to the lizard brain.

    and those of us with ravaged faces, lacking in the social graces--

  • I was fingering a vast array of multicolored, multipurpose, neat and folded undergarments, in ever-towering fascination; and I heard the door unlatch, precipitously, smoothly along its well-oiled carvings.

    Carolina Grüber: I

  • The patience of waiting, when he wanted to go home and when Steward continued to sit at table and talk and drink beer, was his, as was the patience of the rope around the neck, the fence too high to scale, the narrowed - walled room with the closed door which he could never unlatch but which humans unlatched so easily.


  • Remove the sformato from the oven and scoop from the pan to serve or if using a spring form pan, wait 5 minutes, then unlatch the sides and lift off.

    Mary Ann Esposito: Ten Thanksgiving Sides

  • You can't move, then remember to unlatch the seat belt, you thank GOD it worked.

    Moment of Impact

  • And I heard the door unlatch precipitously and smooth, along its many notches.

    We Stabbed and a Mighty Scarf Shot Red

  • He reached up to unlatch the screen door, motioned for them to come inside.

    Rogue Oracle

  • He stormed out (well, of course, first he had to pull over the stool to unlatch the top "kitty airlock"), and then he took a piece of sidewalk chalk and wrote: "Good-bye" (exactly so without the quotation marks, but with the hyphen and the "e") at the top of the stairs and then ...

    Day in the Life of an Idiot

  • Ms. Obreht's aim is not to erase textbook history indeed, she sets one scene on the eve of a massacre of Bosnian Muslims but to unlatch her stories from history's rigid factuality.

    The Practical And Fantastical

  • And inwardly, I promised something else - that I'd find the code to unlatch Galen's collar.

    Valentines, part the first


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