- The definition of a latch is a hook, bar or other mechanism that causes a door or cupboard to close and stay closed.
A metal bar that keeps a gate from opening is an example of a latch.
- Latch is defined as to fasten something closed.
When you close a gate and fasten a metal bar to keep it from opening, this is an example of when you latch the gate.
A latch being installed to a gate.
latch definition by Webster's New World
- a fastening for a door or gate, esp. one capable of being worked from either side by means of a lever and consisting of a bar that falls into a notch in a piece attached to the doorjamb or gatepost
- a spring lock on a door; specif., a night latch
- a fastening for a window, etc.
Origin: Middle English lacche ; from lacchen, to seize, catch hold of ; from Old English læccan ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)lagw-, to grasp, seize from source Classical Greek lazesthai, to take, lambanein, to seize
latch definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- A spring lock, as for a door, that is opened from the outside by a key.
- To have or be closed with a latch.
- To shut tightly so that the latch is engaged: a door too warped to latch.
Origin: Middle English latche, from lacchen, to seize, from Old English lǽccan.
latch - Computer Definition
latch - Phrases/Idioms
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