AskDefine | Define latch

Dictionary Definition



1 spring-loaded doorlock that can only be opened from the outside with a key [syn: door latch]
2 catch for fastening a door or gate; a bar that can be lowered or slid into a groove v : fasten with a latch; "latch the door"

User Contributed Dictionary



Old English læċċan


  • , /lætʃ/, /l

Extensive Definition

The word latch can refer to:
latch in German: Riegel
latch in Japanese: ラッチ

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

articulate, bang, bar, barricade, batten, batten down, bolt, buckle, butt, button, button up, choke, choke off, clap, clasp, cleat, clip, close, close up, constrict, contain, contract, cover, dovetail, fasten, fold, fold up, hasp, hinge, hitch, hook, jam, joint, key, lock, lock out, lock up, miter, mortise, nail, occlude, padlock, peg, pin, plumb, rabbet, rivet, scarf, screw, seal, seal off, seal up, secure, sew, shut, shut the door, shut up, skewer, slam, snap, squeeze shut, staple, stick, stitch, strangle, tack, toggle, wedge, zip up, zipper
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