open vs unlocked vs unlatched : Common Errors in English

About open vs unlocked vs unlatched

Many people refer to doors as being “open” when they mean to say they are merely unlocked. Telling people to leave a house open may mislead them into making the place more inviting to casual intruders than you intend if you really only want it to be unlocked. And you may unnecessarily alarm the driver if you report from the back seat of a car that one of the doors is open when you mean that it is merely unlatched.

open Meaning(s)

  • (n) a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water
  • (n) where the air is unconfined
  • (n) a tournament in which both professionals and amateurs may play
  • (n) information that has become public
  • (v) cause to open or to become open
  • (v) start to operate or function or cause to start operating or functioning
  • (v) become open
  • (v) begin or set in action, of meetings, speeches, recitals, etc.
  • (v) spread out or open from a closed or folded state
  • (v) make available
  • (v) become available
  • (v) have an opening or passage or outlet
  • (v) make the opening move
  • (v) afford access to
  • (v) display the contents of a file or start an application as on a computer
  • (a) affording unobstructed entrance and exit; not shut or closed
  • (a) affording free passage or access
  • (s) with no protection or shield
  • (s) open to or in view of all
  • (a) used of mouth or eyes
  • (s) not having been filled
  • (s) accessible to all
  • (s) not defended or capable of being defended
  • (s) (of textures) full of small openings or gaps
  • (s) having no protecting cover or enclosure
  • (a) (set theory) of an interval that contains neither of its endpoints
  • (s) not brought to a conclusion; subject to further thought
  • (s) not sealed or having been unsealed
  • (s) without undue constriction as from e.g. tenseness or inhibition
  • (a) ready or willing to receive favorably
  • (a) open and observable; not secret or hidden
  • (s) not requiring union membership
  • (s) possibly accepting or permitting
  • (s) affording free passage or view
  • (s) openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness
  • (s) ready for business

unlocked Meaning(s)

  • (s) not firmly fastened or secured

unlatched Meaning(s)

  • (s) not firmly fastened or secured

open in News

  1. US Open tee times: Can Mickelson hold the lead?

    US Open tee times: Phil Mickelson is tied for first at one under par going into Saturday's third round of the US Open golf tournament. Tiger Woods was tied for 13th at 3 over par. Michelson will tee off at 2:40 pm.
    on June 15, 2013 Source: The Christian Science Monitor

  2. Open Trials for the Bermuda Bowl

    The winners of the open trial in Orlando, Fla., this month were young, and they have added two “old-timers” for the championship in September in Bali, Indonesia.
    on June 15, 2013 Source: New York Times

  3. Open Burning Season Ends Saturday

    LANE COUNTY, Ore. — Open burning season will draw to a close on Saturday, June 15, meaning residents will have to find other ways to dispose of their wood and yard debris. Sally Markos with the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency said that this spring has been one of the driest on record, despite the … Continue reading »
    on June 15, 2013 Source: KEZI 9 Eugene

unlocked in News

  1. Ithaca police investigate several overnight vehicle break-ins

    Several unlocked vehicles were broken into overnight in Ithaca, police said.
    on June 15, 2013 Source: The Post-Standard

  2. Unlocked cars in Morris Twp., Morristown entered, robbed

    A number of unlocked vehicles were entered and robbed Thursday night in the Saint James Street area of both Morris Township and Morristown, Morris Township Police reported.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Morris NewsBee

  3. Wallet and cash stolen from unlocked vehicle: Fairview Park Police Blotter

    FAIRVIEW PARKTHEFT FROM VEHICLE, WEST 225TH STREET: A resident called police June 8 to report $90 was removed from his wallet overnight after he left it in his unlocked vehicle. REQUEST ASSISTANCE, WEST 223RD STREET: A woman reported at...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Sun Post-Herald

unlatched in News

  • Crews rescue horse from Woodinville bog

    Firefighters from Redmond, Woodinville and Kirkland spent hours rescuing an exhausted horse from a bog in Woodinville, using techincal rescue skills and equipment. Holly Miller came back to her Woodinville home to find her horse, Cocoa, stuck in mud up to her shoulders.  Somehow the animal had unlatched the gate of her own corral and wandered into the wettest part of a wooded area next door ...
    on June 18, 2013 Source: KIRO 7 Seattle-Tacoma

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