latch on

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v latch on understand, usually after some initial difficulty "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"
    • v latch on adopt "take up new ideas"
    • v latch on take hold of or attach to "The biochip latches onto the genes"
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Usage

In literature:

On this nail the latch works up and down.
"Shelters, Shacks and Shanties" by D.C. Beard
On entering with my latch-key, Browning came forward with a puzzled expression, surprised, no doubt, at my dishevelled appearance.
"Hushed Up" by William Le Queux
He crawled farther up on the step, reached the latch, and opened the door.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
She had her hand on the latch of the door when her grandmother called out from the other room to know who was there.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
He pressed his thumb on the latch and opened the door very softly.
"Harding's luck" by E. [Edith] Nesbit
Wednesday morning the thumb-piece of the latch on the depot door was pressed down.
"Track's End" by Hayden Carruth
He left the shed door on the latch.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
There were heavy roping saddles hanging on the pegs, and bridles with ear loops and no throat latches.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
He turned to go, and already his hand was on the latch of the door when an involuntary cry, like a desperate appeal, escaped her lips.
"A Bride of the Plains" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
She had pushed her block-box close to the sill, and stepped on it to take another view of the latch.
"Harper's Young People, August 24, 1880" by Various
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In poetry:

The starling's talking in the thatch,
Bidding the boy arise;
And the door's opening on the latch
To show -- his mother's eyes.
"Starling" by Katharine Tynan
The cold is a beast, my dear one,
With his paws he tears at the thatch,
His breath is a curse and a warning,
You can see it creep on the latch.
"A Mystery Play" by Duncan Campbell Scott
Rose Red's cheeks are burning,
sign of her ardent, joyful
compassionate heart.
Rose White is pale,
turning away when she hears
the bear's paw on the latch.
"An Embroidery" by Denise Levertov
They spoke of wondrous happenings in the night-time,
A finger on the latch — a fair white form —
One flitting swiftly thro' the darkened chamber,
Two passing hand-in-hand into the storm.
"The Lay Of The White Heifer" by Cicely Fox Smith
All Hallows Eve — when dreams do rule on earth!
All Hallows Eve — O the feasting and the mirth!
Ah, leave the loud laughter and the dance and din,
Set the door upon the latch and let the ghosts in.
"Hallowe'en" by Cicely Fox Smith
And then on me what joys would wait,
Were I the guardian of thy gate,
How useless bolt and latch!
How vain were locks, and bars how vain,
To shield from harm the household train
Whom I, from love, would watch.
"Ode To Dragon" by Hannah More

In news:

Last year, more than 4,100 women participated in the the "Big Latch-On " by simultaneously breastfeeding around the world.
And following up on the city's " Latch on NYC" program.
Meryl Streep's narration is perfect, latching on as it does to the theme of nature's moms trying to keep their kids save.
With "Trembling Before G-d," the director Sandi Simcha DuBowski latches on to a provocative subject and invests it with a compelling tenderness.
Preemies often have trouble sucking, swallowing or latching on to the breast.
When two drowning men latch on to each other, according to the old adage, they tend to sink faster.
WILKES-BARRE – Gate latches at a dog park where a Chihuahua was mauled by three larger canines on Nov 20 and later died will be inspected to prevent a similar incident, said Marijo Carozzoni, chairwoman of Wyoming Valley Dog Owners Group.
NEW YORK — Stocks rose for a fifth straight day Tuesday as investors latched on to reports of progress in budget talks in Washington.
It took Dave Hansen less than three weeks after being dismissed as the Dodgers hitting coach to latch on in the same capacity with another team, the Seattle Mariners.
But when they find it, success breeds success, and they latch on.
Planet Waves' battery lid latch has a beautiful design that's far more graceful than those on most guitar pedals , but the slot that allows access to the spring that pops the hatch open is a hair too small.
Refrigerators and Latches Why doesn't the RV industry supply its motorhomes and trailers with the ability to operate the refrigerators on DC power.
As a result, his fanatical fan base has latched on to every project Seinfeld has completed since his classic sitcom ended its nine-season run in 1998.
As he was finishing up a deadly Tiger Snake latched on to his testicle.
Most drummers can trace back to when the beat first hit them and latched on.
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In science:

The logic was designed to latch the signals from the M16 on receipt of a trigger.
Development of a compact scintillator hodoscope with wavelength-shifting fibre read-out
Since Section 1.4 (and especially since Section 3.4) I have assumed, along with the metaphysical literature, that the RDA’s advocates need to justify “imagining away” any accompaniments that the perdurantist might latch on to as marking the distinction between the discs, (Stat) and (Rot).
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
On particularly large benchmarks with thousands of latches this phase can take prohibitively long; for example, on the neclaftpX00X benchmarks from HWMCC’08, this variation does not typically terminate in under 15 minutes.
k-Step Relative Inductive Generalization
Fixed view v$latch misses is based on x$kslwsc fixed table.
Exploring Oracle RDBMS latches using Solaris DTrace
Fixed views v$latch and v$latch children were created on these tables.
Exploring Oracle RDBMS latches using Solaris DTrace
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