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latch

 (lăch)
n.
1. 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.
2. A spring lock, as for a door, that is opened from the outside by a key.
v. latched, latch·ing, latch·es
v.tr.
To close or lock with a latch.
v.intr.
1. To have or be closed with a latch.
2. To shut tightly so that the latch is engaged: a door too warped to latch.
Idiom:
latch on to/onto
1. To get hold of; obtain: latched on to a fortune in the fur trade.
2. To cling to.

[Middle English latche, from lacchen, to seize, from Old English læccan.]

latch

(lætʃ)
n
1. (Mechanical Engineering) a fastening for a gate or door that consists of a bar that may be slid or lowered into a groove, hole, etc
2. (Mechanical Engineering) a spring-loaded door lock that can be opened by a key from outside
3. (Electronics) electronics Also called: latch circuit a logic circuit that transfers the input states to the output states when signalled, the output thereafter remaining insensitive to changes in input status until signalled again
vb
(Mechanical Engineering) to fasten, fit, or be fitted with or as if with a latch
[Old English læccan to seize, of Germanic origin; related to Greek lazesthai]

latch

(lætʃ)
n.
1. a device for holding a door, gate, or the like closed, usu. a bar falling or sliding into a catch, groove, hole, etc.
v.t.
2. to close or fasten with a latch.
v.i.
3. to close tightly so that the latch is secured.
4. latch on, to grab hold.
5. latch onto,
a. to obtain.
b. to attach oneself to.
[before 950; Middle English lacchen, Old English lǣccan to catch, seize]

latch

- Once was a loop or noose; a latch of links was a string of sausages.
See also related terms for links.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.latch - spring-loaded doorlock that can only be opened from the outside with a keylatch - spring-loaded doorlock that can only be opened from the outside with a key
lock - a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed
2.latch - catch for fastening a door or gate; a bar that can be lowered or slid into a groove
catch - a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window
Verb1.latch - fasten with a latch; "latch the door"
fasten, fix, secure - cause to be firmly attached; "fasten the lock onto the door"; "she fixed her gaze on the man"

latch

noun
1. fastening, catch, bar, lock, hook, bolt, clamp, hasp, sneck (dialect) You left the latch off the gate and the dog escaped.
verb
1. fasten, bar, secure, lock, bolt, make fast, sneck (dialect) He latched the door, tested it and turned round to speak to us.
latch on to something understand, get, see, follow, realize, take in, grasp, comprehend, get the message about, get the hang of (informal), get the picture about, catch or get the drift of Other trades have been quick to latch on to these methods.
Translations
سُقّاطَه، مِزْلاج
závora
slå
kilincs
klinka, loka
velkė
aizšaujamaisbulta
kapı mandalımandal

latch

[lætʃ]
A. N (= bar) → cerrojo m, pestillo m; (= lock) → pestillo m
to drop the latchechar el cerrojo or pestillo
the door is on the latchla puerta no tiene echado el pestillo
B. VT
1. [+ door] → echar el pestillo a
2. (= fix, fasten) → sujetar, asegurar
latch on VI + ADV (= understand) → comprender, darse cuenta
latch onto VI + PREP
1. (= cling) (to person, group) → pegarse a
she latched onto his armse enganchó a su brazo
2. [+ idea] → agarrarse a
the media were quick to latch onto the storyla prensa no tardó en recoger la noticia

latch

[ˈlætʃ] nloquet m
on the latch
The door's on the latch → La porte n'est pas fermée à clé.
Let yourself in; the door's on the latch → Entrez, la porte n'est pas fermée à clé.
to leave the door off the latch → ne pas fermer sa porte a clé
latch on to
vt fus
(= attach oneself to) [person] → jeter son dévolu sur
She wondered why Lindy had latched on to her, a stranger → Elle se demandait pourquoi Lindy avait jeté son dévolu sur elle, une étrangère.
(= attach itself to) [substance, antibody] → se fixer sur
(= get interested in) [+ idea] → se jeter sur

latch

nRiegel m; to be on the latchnicht verschlossen sein, nur eingeklinkt sein; to leave the door on the latchdie Tür nur einklinken
vtverriegeln

latch

[lætʃ] n (metal bar) → chiavistello; (lock) → serratura a scatto
the door is on the latch → la porta non è chiusa a chiave
latch on to vi + adv + prep
a. (cling to, person) → attaccarsi a, appiccicarsi a
b. (idea) → afferrare, capire

latch

(lӕtʃ) noun
a catch of wood or metal used to fasten a door etc. She lifted the latch and walked in.
ˈlatchkey noun
a small front-door key. She put her latchkey in the lock.
References in classic literature ?
Lift the latch,' called out the grandmother, 'I am too weak, and cannot get up.
Sometimes, after coming home thus late in a dark and muggy night, when my feet felt the path which my eyes could not see, dreaming and absent-minded all the way, until I was aroused by having to raise my hand to lift the latch, I have not been able to recall a single step of my walk, and I have thought that perhaps my body would find its way home if its master should forsake it, as the hand finds its way to the mouth without assistance.
Harker started to leave, but paused, with his hand on the door latch.
As he approached the cabin and raised the crude latch which his father had fashioned so many years before, two small, blood-shot eyes watched him from the concealing foliage of the jungle close by.
No one would have guessed a priori that this movement of a middle-aged man's body would cause fish to come out of the sea into his larder, but experience shows that it does, and the middle-aged man therefore continues to go to the City, just as the cat in the cage continues to lift the latch when it has once found it.
John Rivers, who, lifting the latch, came in out of the frozen hurricane--the howling darkness--and stood before me: the cloak that covered his tall figure all white as a glacier.
After a few moments he drew back the latch and slipped out, shutting the door very gently behind him.
As the Makambo rolled on an easy sea the door swung back and forth, remaining wide open for intervals and banging shut but not banging hard enough to latch itself.
We heard the servant pass along the hall, and the sharp click of the latch as she opened it.
For eleven years, I had not seen Joe nor Biddy with my bodily eyes-though they had both been often before my fancy in the East-when, upon an evening in December, an hour or two after dark, I laid my hand softly on the latch of the old kitchen door.
On this day, then, he went directly to the door and spent hours examining it and fussing with the hinges, the knob and the latch.
Suddenly a gust of wind beat violently against the casement of the window, from which the double frame had been removed (by order of the prince, one window frame was removed in each room as soon as the larks returned), and, forcing open a loosely closed latch, set the damask curtain flapping and blew out the candle with its chill, snowy draft.