- any of the loops by which a bonnet is attached to a sail.
Origin of latching
- a device for holding a door, gate, or the like, closed, consisting basically of a bar falling or sliding into a catch, groove, hole, etc.
- to close or fasten with a latch.
- to close tightly so that the latch is secured: The door won't latch.
- latch on,
- to grab or hold on, as to an object or idea, especially tightly or tenaciously.
- to include or add in; attach: If we latch the tax on, the bill will come to over $100.
- latch onto, Informal.
- to take possession of; obtain; get.
- to acquire understanding of; comprehend.
- to attach oneself to; join in with: The stray dog latched onto the children and wouldn't go home.
Origin of latch
Examples from the Web for latching
In reality, some women have difficulty breastfeeding, or have babies who struggle with latching on properly.Breastfeeding Pills’ Risky Results
August 7, 2012
Just latching on to you, no matter how you tried to brush them off, and almost telling you how they wanted it done.Jim Thompson's Legacy
June 16, 2010
A lot of people are latching on to feel like they're part of a bigger food trend.Stop the Bacon Insanity!
February 23, 2010
Latching on to a man for the sake of latching on will not make you feel better.How Not to Marry the Wrong Man
Anne Milford, Jennifer Gauvain
February 13, 2010
The latching of the door behind him ended the brief instant of revelation.A Man's Hearth
Eleanor M. Ingram
The latching of the gate broke up her depressing revery and banished the pinched and pining look from her features.
Problem: how do you go about latching on to anything as downright nonexistent as all that?Occasion for Disaster
Gordon Randall Garrett
Marion rushed along the entry, reaching her teacher's room just as Sarah was carefully closing and latching the closet-door.Marion Berkley
Elizabeth B. Comins
Latching the door, she led him to a room on the right of the entrance hall, which formed the central artery of the flat.The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley
- a fastening for a gate or door that consists of a bar that may be slid or lowered into a groove, hole, etc
- a spring-loaded door lock that can be opened by a key from outside
- Also called: latch circuit electronics a logic circuit that transfers the input states to the output states when signalled, the output thereafter remaining insensitive to changes in input status until signalled again
- to fasten, fit, or be fitted with or as if with a latch
Word Origin and History for latching
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.).