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Definition of "latch" [latch]

  • 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. (noun)
  • A spring lock, as for a door, that is opened from the outside by a key. (noun)
  • To close or lock with or as if with a latch. (verb-transitive)
  • To have or be closed with a latch. (verb-intransitive)
  • To shut tightly so that the latch is engaged: a door too warped to latch. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "latch" in a sentence
  • "If the door opens inward the latch is the right way for the look to be on the outside"
  • "Now will McCain latch on to the stupid ideas that it will increase the number of tatoos?"
  • "The latch is locked in place with a snap, which can be opened by squeezing ..."