latching

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English[edit]

Verb[edit]

latching

  1. present participle of latch

Adjective[edit]

latching

  1. Of something that latches.
    • 2012 March 1, Henry Petroski, “Opening Doors”, in American Scientist[1], volume 100, number 2, page 112-3:
      A doorknob of whatever roundish shape is effectively a continuum of levers, with the axis of the latching mechanism—known as the spindle—being the fulcrum about which the turning takes place.

Noun[edit]

latching ‎(plural latchings)

  1. (nautical) A loop or eye formed on the head rope of a bonnet, by which it is attached to the foot of a sail.
  2. (linguistics) The situation where one speaker's utterance immediately follows another speaker's utterance, without pause or overlap.