- present participle of latch
- Of something that latches.
2012 March 1, Henry Petroski, “Opening Doors”, in American Scientist, 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.
latching (plural latchings)
- (nautical) A loop or eye formed on the head rope of a bonnet, by which it is attached to the foot of a sail.
- (linguistics) The situation where one speaker's utterance immediately follows another speaker's utterance, without pause or overlap.