hatch

1
[hach]

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to be hatched.
to brood.

noun

the act of hatching.
something that is hatched, as a brood.

Nearby words

  1. hat-trick,
  2. hatable,
  3. hatasu,
  4. hatband,
  5. hatbox,
  6. hatch act,
  7. hatch boat,
  8. hatchback,
  9. hatcheck,
  10. hatchel

Origin of hatch

1
1200–50; Middle English hacchen; akin to German hecken to hatch

Related forms

hatch

2
[hach]

noun

Nautical.
  1. Also called hatchway.an opening, usually rectangular, in the deck through which passengers can pass, cargo can be loaded or unloaded, etc.
  2. the cover over such an opening.
an opening that serves as a doorway or window in the floor or roof of a building.
the cover over such an opening.
Slang. the throat as used for drinking: His usual toast was a muttered “Down the hatch!”
Aeronautics. an opening or door in an aircraft.
the lower half of a divided door, both parts of which can be opened separately.
a small door, grated opening, or serving counter in or attached to the wall of a building, room, etc., as for a merchant's stall.
a bin or compartment built into a confined space, especially a deep storage bin.
Automotive.
  1. the cargo area in a hatchback.
  2. Also called liftgate.the hinged lid of a hatchback that swings upward to provide access to the cargo area.
anything resembling a hatch.

Origin of hatch

2
before 1100; Middle English hacche, Old English hæcc grating, hatch, half-gate; akin to Dutch hek gate, railing

hatch

3
[hach]

verb (used with object)

to mark with lines, especially closely set parallel lines, as for shading in drawing or engraving.

noun

a shading line in drawing or engraving.

Origin of hatch

3
1470–80; earlier hache < Middle French hacher to cut up, derivative of hache ax. See hatchet

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British Dictionary definitions for hatch

hatch

1

verb

to cause (the young of various animals, esp birds) to emerge from the egg or (of young birds, etc) to emerge from the egg
to cause (eggs) to break and release the fully developed young or (of eggs) to break and release the young animal within
(tr) to contrive or devise (a scheme, plot, etc)

noun

the act or process of hatching
a group of newly hatched animals
Derived Formshatchable, adjectivehatcher, noun

Word Origin for hatch

C13: of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German hecken to mate (used of birds), Swedish häcka to hatch, Danish hække

noun

a covering for a hatchway
  1. short for hatchway
  2. a door in an aircraft or spacecraft
Also called: serving hatch an opening in a wall between a kitchen and a dining area
the lower half of a divided door
a sluice or sliding gate in a dam, dyke, or weir
down the hatch slang (used as a toast) drink up!
under hatches
  1. below decks
  2. out of sight
  3. brought low; dead

Word Origin for hatch

Old English hæcc; related to Middle High German heck, Dutch hek gate

verb

art to mark (a figure, shade, etc) with fine parallel or crossed lines to indicate shadingCompare hachure
Derived Formshatching, noun

Word Origin for hatch

C15: from Old French hacher to chop, from hache hatchet

noun

informal short for hatchback
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Word Origin and History for hatch
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Idioms and Phrases with hatch

hatch

see batten down the hatches; count one's chickens before they hatch; down the hatch.

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