to bring forth (young) from the egg.
to cause young to emerge from (the egg) as by brooding or incubating.
to be hatched.
the act of hatching.
something that is hatched, as a brood.
- hatch·a·ble, adjective
- hatch·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- hatcher, noun
- un·hatch·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- un·hatch·a·ble, adjective
Other definitions for hatch (2 of 3)
Also called hatchway. an opening, usually rectangular, in the deck through which passengers can pass, cargo can be loaded or unloaded, etc.
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.
anything resembling a hatch.
Other definitions for hatch (3 of 3)
to mark with lines, especially closely set parallel lines, as for shading in drawing or engraving.
a shading line in drawing or engraving.
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How to use hatch in a sentence
Like everything on the Row of Life, Madsen’s 20-foot, self-righting rowboat, the food was stored in watertight hatches built around her seat, where for the next three months she planned to spend 12 hours a day rowing west.
Plans indicate an emergency egress shaft and a small hatch, but it is unclear whether passengers escaping a fire or breakdown would be expected to climb stairs or even a ladder.Elon Musk’s Las Vegas Loop might only carry a fraction of the passengers it promised | David Riggs | October 16, 2020 | TechCrunch
While convenient on long off-road trips, swing-outs add a lot of weight and complicate the process of opening the rear hatch.
The plan is to destroy the nest, hopefully before hornets that can start nests of their own hatch.A new map shows where Asian giant hornets could thrive in the U.S. | Curtis Segarra | October 1, 2020 | Science News
That battening of the hatches against other viral invaders is different from the specific kind of immunity that comes from making antibodies against a particular virus.What will happen when COVID-19 and the flu collide this fall? | Tina Hesman Saey | September 18, 2020 | Science News
The worst is probably to avoid paying taxes on the money and go to prison, like Survivor season one winner Richard hatch.From Socially Isolated Nerd to Jeopardy! Bad Boy: A Thank You Note | Arthur Chu | November 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“I would be proud, but my late mother said, ‘Don’t count your eggs, son, until they hatch,” he said.For Next AG, Obama Picks a Quiet Fighter With a Heavy Punch | Michael Daly | November 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Two of the victims, 15-year-old Andrew Fryberg and 14-year-old Nate hatch, were cousins of the shooter, according to relatives.The Homecoming Prince Who Tweeted His Killing Spree | Brandy Zadrozny | October 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So far, it is a small group, including just McCain, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Orrin hatch of Utah.There’s a Senate Civil War Coming, No Matter Who Wins in November | David Freedlander | October 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The plan unveiled last January by hatch, Coburn and Burr is a good foundation.
At that moment there came up the fore-hatch a yell, as if from the throat of a North American savage.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
Fortunately, the hatch had been shut, and the deluge of water had not gone into the cabin, or the boat must have foundered.The Rival Campers | Ruel Perley Smith
The first mate went to look into it and found Liosha standing enraptured at the hatch looking down upon a free fight.Jaffery | William J. Locke
A very important fitting is a hatch by which the cockpit can be completely covered in in heavy weather.Yachting Vol. 2 | Various.
The sailor sprung down the companion hatch, where he found the hawser coiled against the door, and heard Newton struggling inside.Newton Forster | Captain Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for hatch (1 of 4)
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)
the act or process of hatching
a group of newly hatched animals
- hatchable, adjective
- hatcher, noun
British Dictionary definitions for hatch (2 of 4)
a covering for a hatchway
short for hatchway
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!
out of sight
brought low; dead
British Dictionary definitions for hatch (3 of 4)
art to mark (a figure, shade, etc) with fine parallel or crossed lines to indicate shading: Compare hachure
- hatching, noun
British Dictionary definitions for hatch (4 of 4)
informal short for hatchback
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Other Idioms and Phrases with hatch
see batten down the hatches; count one's chickens before they hatch; down the hatch.
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