hatching

[ hach-ing ]
/ ˈhætʃ ɪŋ /

noun

Origin of hatching

First recorded in 1655–65; hatch3 + -ing1

Definition for hatching (2 of 3)

hatch

1
[ hach ]
/ hætʃ /

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.

Origin of hatch

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

Definition for hatching (3 of 3)

hatch

3
[ 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
1470–80; earlier hache < Middle French hacher to cut up, derivative of hache ax. See hatchet
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British Dictionary definitions for hatching (1 of 4)

hatch

1
/ (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 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

British Dictionary definitions for hatching (2 of 4)

hatch

2
/ (hætʃ) /

noun

Word Origin for hatch

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

British Dictionary definitions for hatching (3 of 4)

hatch

3
/ (hætʃ) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for hatching (4 of 4)

hatch

4
/ (hætʃ) /

noun

informal short for hatchback
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Idioms and Phrases with hatching

hatch


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

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