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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 ?
Crosspatch, draw the latch, Sit by the fire and spin,
It didn't have an iron latch on the front door, nor a wooden one with a buckskin string, but a brass knob to turn, the same as houses in town.
We struck across the big yard, noticing this, that, and t'other thing that was so familiar, and we so glad to see it again, and when we got to the roofed big passageway betwixt the double log house and the kitchen part, there was everything hanging on the wall just as it used to was, even to Uncle Silas's old faded green baize working-gown with the hood to it, and raggedy white patch between the shoulders that always looked like somebody had hit him with a snowball; and then we lifted the latch and walked in.
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.
So resolved, I grasped the latch and shook it vehemently.
During an interval in the conversation, the attention of the ladies was suddenly attracted to this gate, by the sharp sound of the iron latch falling in its socket.
The Master at Salem House lifted the latch of one of a number of little black doors that were all alike, and had each a little diamond-paned window on one side, and another little diamond- paned window above; and we went into the little house of one of these poor old women, who was blowing a fire to make a little saucepan boil.
Joe and I being fellow-sufferers, and having confidences as such, Joe imparted a confidence to me, the moment I raised the latch of the door and peeped in at him opposite to it, sitting in the chimney corner.
He then started up, and after repeating his matins, and adjusting his dress, he left it, and entered that of Isaac the Jew, lifting the latch as gently as he could.
The latch rose unsteadily, and Henrietta, with frozen tears on her cheeks, and an unintelligible expression of wretchedness and rage, appeared.
Little green toad with leg like crook, Open wide the door, and look Who it was the latch that shook.
Van Helsing pulled back the latch, and holding the door half open, stood back, having both hands ready for action.