latch
Pronunciation Verb

latch (latches, present participle latching; past and past participle latched)

  1. To close or lock as if with a latch.
  2. (transitive) To catch; lay hold of.
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act 4, scene 3]:
      Where hearing should not latch them.
Translations Noun

latch (plural latches)

  1. A fastening for a door that has a bar that fits into a notch or slot, and is lifted by a lever or string from either side.
    • 1912: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Chapter 4
      The cleverly constructed latch which Clayton had made for the door had sprung as Kerchak passed out; nor could the apes find means of ingress through the heavily barred windows.
  2. A flip-flop electronic circuit
  3. (obsolete) A latching.
  4. (obsolete) A crossbow.
  5. (obsolete) That which fastens or holds; a lace; a snare.
  6. A breastfeeding baby's connection to the breast.
  7. (database) A lightweight lock to protect internal structures from being modified by multiple concurrent accesses.
Translations Translations
  • German: Klinkenschalter, Auffangregister, Signalschalter
  • Portuguese: flip-flop
Translations Verb

latch (latches, present participle latching; past and past participle latched)

  1. (obsolete) To smear; to anoint.

LATCH
Noun

latch (uncountable)

  1. (automotive) Initialism of lower anchors and tethers for children



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