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Someone stopped at the gate, and the latch rattled as someone tried to open it.
Her fingers found the door latch.
He told us to lift the latch of the street door.
As soon as I'd picked up the fare and set it down in our cell, the door slammed behind me and the latch was dropped.
The latch plate is restored by a leaf spring attached to the latch plate and tensioned against part of the gravity-switch bracket.