unlatched


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un·latch

 (ŭn-lăch′)
v. un·latched, un·latch·ing, un·latch·es
v.tr.
To unfasten or open by releasing the latch.
v.intr.
To become unfastened or opened.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unlatched - not firmly fastened or securedunlatched - not firmly fastened or secured; "an unbarred door"; "went through the unlatched gate into the street"; "an unlocked room"
unfastened - not closed or secured; "the car door was unfastened"; "unfastened seatbelts"
References in classic literature ?
I think it is all right; but there may be a window or two unlatched.
Clare unlatched the door of a large chamber, felt his way across it, and parted the shutters to the width of two or three inches.
The drawing-room door was unlatched, and Martha, pushing it without looking into the room, waited for Mrs.
The Wizard unlatched the door, which opened outward, and they all looked eagerly inside.
At length we paused; and, at the call of the driver, someone unlatched and rolled back upon their creaking hinges what appeared to be the park gates.
Quickly they found the key and unlatched the door and then, between them, they half carried, half dragged, the corpse of E-Med from the room and down the stairway to the next level where Lan-O said there were vacant chambers.
As Professor Maxon and von Horn rushed from the workshop to their own campong, they neglected, in their haste, to lock the door between, and for the first time since the camp was completed it stood unlatched and ajar.
He felt his way in the darkness to the door of the outhouse, unlatched it, and entered softly, feeling with his hands for the wire-haired coat.
With a new and lively interest in his own actions the sheriff now unlatched and pushed open a door on the right, and the three entered.
Alice, blushing slightly, unlatched the garden gate, and went down the path.
So the yellow hen came to the door, which Dorothy unlatched for her to pass through, and the other chickens silently watched them from their corner without offering to approach nearer.
His eyes expressed nothing; he only unlatched the gate in silence, grasped her arm and drew her in.