latch

latch
latch1 [lætʃ] n
1.) a small metal or plastic object used to keep a door, gate, or window closed
Gwen lifted the latch and opened the gate.
2.) especially BrE a type of lock for a door that you can open from the inside by turning a handle, but that you need a key to open from the outside
on the latch
(=shut but not locked)
Ray went out, leaving the door on the latch.
latch 2
latch2 v [T]
[: Old English; Origin: lAccan]
to fasten a door, gate, or window with a latch
latch on phr v
BrE informal to understand
He's so thick it took him ages to latch on.
latch onto / [latch onto sb/sth] phr v
1.) to become very interested in something
Don't just latch on to the latest management fads.
2.) to follow someone and keep trying to talk to them, get their attention etc, especially when they would prefer to be left alone
He latched onto Sandy at the party and wouldn't go away.
3.) to hold tightly to something with your hand, mouth etc
a baby latching on to its mother's breast

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  • latch — ► NOUN 1) a bar with a catch and lever used for fastening a door or gate. 2) a spring lock for an outer door, which catches when the door is closed and can only be opened from the outside with a key. ► VERB 1) fasten with a latch. 2) (latch on)… …   English terms dictionary

  • latch — [lach] n. [ME lacche < lacchen, to seize, catch hold of < OE læccan < IE base * (s)lagw , to grasp, seize > Gr lazesthai, to take, lambanein, to seize] 1. a fastening for a door or gate, esp. one capable of being worked from either… …   English World dictionary

  • latch — latch; un·latch; latch·et; pot·latch; ko·latch; …   English syllables

  • Latch — Latch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Latched} (l[a^]cht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Latching}.] [OE. lacchen. See {Latch}. n.] 1. To catch so as to hold. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Those that remained threw darts at our men, and latching our darts, sent them again at… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • latch on — (of a breastfeeding baby) manage to get its mouth into the correct position around the nipple. → latch latch on informal understand the meaning of something. → latch …   English new terms dictionary

  • Latch — (l[a^]ch), v. t. [Cf. F. l[ e]cher to lick (of German origin). Cf. {Lick}.] To smear; to anoint. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Latch — Latch, n. [OE. lacche, fr. lacchen to seize, As. l[ae]ccan.] 1. That which fastens or holds; a lace; a snare. [Obs.] Rom. of R. [1913 Webster] 2. A movable piece which holds anything in place by entering a notch or cavity; specifically, the catch …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Latch — [lætʃ] das; , e <aus engl. latch »Riegel«> ↑Flipflop zur Speicherung von Informationen, bei dem Datenübernahme erfolgt, wenn am Takteingang ein aktives Signal vorliegt (EDV) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • latch\ on — • latch on • hitch onto v informal 1. To get hold of; grasp or grab; catch. He looked for something to latch onto and keep from falling. The football player latched onto a pass. 2. slang To get into your possession. The banker latched onto a… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • latch — [n] lock bar, bolt, catch, clamp, fastening, hasp, hook, padlock; concepts 445,499 Ant. key latch [v] fasten with lock bar, bolt, cinch, close, close up, lock, make fast, secure; concept 85 Ant. loose, loosen, unfasten, unlatch, unlock …   New thesaurus

  • latch on to — (informal) 1. To attach oneself to 2. To gain comprehension of • • • Main Entry: ↑latch …   Useful english dictionary

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