- latch hook,
- latch needle,
- latch on,
- latch onto,
- latchkey child,
- late blight
Origin of latching
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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.
- 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.
Just latching on to you, no matter how you tried to brush them off, and almost telling you how they wanted it done.
A lot of people are latching on to feel like they're part of a bigger food trend.
Latching on to a man for the sake of latching on will not make you feel better.
Bill looked into her eyes; then he turned and closed the window, latching it securely.The Story of the Foss River Ranch|Ridgwell Cullum
The shower of dust and stones blinded him, and kept him from latching onto the tail of the car and climbing in.Highways in Hiding|George Oliver Smith
Wallingford ran to open the gate as Fannie approached it, closing it and latching it in time to stop her stepmother.Young Wallingford|George Randolph Chester
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|Louis Tracy
Problem: how do you go about latching on to anything as downright nonexistent as all that?Occasion for Disaster|Gordon Randall Garrett
Word Origin for latch
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.).