LATCH, n. [L. ligula, from ligo, to tie, and with English lock. L. laqueus, from which we have lace, may belong to the same root. The primary sense of the root is to catch, to close, stop or make fast.]

1. A small piece of iron or wood used to fasten a door.

2. A small line like a loop, used to lace the bonnets to the courses, or the drabblers to the bonnets.

LATCH, v.t.

1. To fasten with a latch; to fasten.

2. To smear. [Not used.]