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hatch

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[ hach ]
/ hætʃ /
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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.
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Origin of hatch

1
First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English hacchen. hetchen; akin to German hecken “(of birds) to mate, incubate, hatch”

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Other definitions for hatch (2 of 3)

hatch2
[ hach ]
/ hætʃ /

noun

Origin of hatch

2
First recorded before 1100; Middle English hacche, hache, hatche “lower half of a divided door, small door, gate,” Old English hæcc, hæc “grating, hatch, half-gate”; akin to Dutch hek “fence, gate, railing”

Other definitions for hatch (3 of 3)

hatch3
[ hach ]
/ hætʃ /

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
First recorded in 1470–80; earlier hache, from Middle French hacher “to cut up,” derivative of hache “ax”; see origin at hatchet
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British Dictionary definitions for hatch (1 of 4)

hatch1
/ (hætʃ) /

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 forms of hatch

hatchable, 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

British Dictionary definitions for hatch (2 of 4)

hatch2
/ (hætʃ) /

noun

Word Origin for hatch

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

British Dictionary definitions for hatch (3 of 4)

hatch3
/ (hætʃ) /

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

Derived forms of hatch

hatching, noun

Word Origin for hatch

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

British Dictionary definitions for hatch (4 of 4)

hatch4
/ (hætʃ) /

noun
informal short for hatchback
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Other 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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