Message discipline: When he latches on to a topic, he is unstoppable, but he sometimes wanders too far.
Your scabs came in and took our throttles on the Reading—why shouldn't we pull your latches out here?
They opened inwards, and were fastened by means of bolts and latches.
He examined all the rest of the windows on the first floor, and found them all latched and their latches undisturbed.
The latches are hand wrought, or at least one of the early fabrications.
Knockings were heard under the table; latches of doors were moved up and down as the members of the family approached them.
There were latches and bolts for doors and locks for chests, drawers, and cabinets.
And round the dark farmhouse the winter storms howled and roared, beating against the windows and ravening by the latches.
Any of the numerous styles of latches can be used, if desired.
Some churches had lead roofs and iron hinges, latches, and locks on their doors.
Old English læccan "to grasp or seize," from Proto-Germanic *lakkijanan. Not found in other Germanic languages; probably from PIE *(s)lagw- "to seize" (see analemma). In its original sense the verb was paralleled in Middle English and then replaced by French import catch (v.). Meaning "to fasten with a latch" is mid-15c. Related: Latched; latching.
a fastening for a door, etc., late 13c., probably from latch (v.).