latch

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English[edit]

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A latch

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Etymology 1[edit]

Middle English latche (a latch), from lacchen (to seize), from Old English læċċan (to grasp, take hold of, catch, seize), from Proto-Germanic *lakjaną, *lakwijaną, *lakkijaną (to seize), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)lag-, *(s)lagw- (to take, seize).

Noun[edit]

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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Rom. of R to this entry?)
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Verb[edit]

latch (third-person singular simple present latches, present participle latching, simple past and past participle latched)

  1. To close or lock as if with a latch
  2. To catch; lay hold of
    • Where hearing should not latch them. — Shakespeare, MacBeth, Act IV
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Etymology 2[edit]

Compare French lécher (to lick).

Verb[edit]

latch (third-person singular simple present latches, present participle latching, simple past and past participle latched)

  1. (obsolete) To smear; to anoint.
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