Latch v. t. To smear; to anoint. [Obs.]
1. That which fastens or holds; a lace; a snare. [Obs.]
2. A movable piece which holds anything in place by entering a notch or cavity; specifically, the catch which holds a door or gate when closed, though it be not bolted.
3. Naut. A latching.
4. A crossbow. [Obs.]
Latch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Latched p. pr. & vb. n. Latching.]
1. To catch so as to hold. [Obs.]
Those that remained threw darts at our men, and latching our darts, sent them again at us. --Golding.
2. To catch or fasten by means of a latch.
The door was only latched. --Locke.
n 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"