a door lock operated from the inside by a knob and from the outside by a key.
- Also called night bolt.
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How to use night latch in a sentence
The door closed softly behind the retreating figure of the attorney-general, and Kent released the spring of the night-latch.The Grafters | Francis Lynde
The rattle of a night-latch made itself heard in the outer door.The Minister's Charge | William Dean Howells
When McCloskey had come at a push of the call-button, Lidgerwood snapped the night-latch on the corridor door.The Taming of Red Butte Western | Francis Lynde
This was necessary, for our front-door (or main-hatchway) had no night-latch, but was fastened by means of a bolt.Rudder Grange | Frank R. Stockton
A night-latch and a caretaker who came round once a day was enough for any sensible person.The Carpet from Bagdad | Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for night latch
a door lock that is operated by means of a knob on the inside and a key on the outside
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