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dead +‎ latch


deadlatch (plural deadlatches)

  1. A kind of latch whose bolt may be locked by a detent so that it can not be opened from the inside by the handle, or from the outside by the latch key.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for deadlatch in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)