Origin of hatching
- to bring forth (young) from the egg.
- to cause young to emerge from (the egg) as by brooding or incubating.
- to bring forth or produce; devise; create; contrive; concoct: to hatch a scheme.
- to be hatched.
- to brood.
- the act of hatching.
- something that is hatched, as a brood.
Origin of hatch1
SynonymsSee more synonyms for hatch on Thesaurus.com
- to mark with lines, especially closely set parallel lines, as for shading in drawing or engraving.
- hachure(def 3).
- a shading line in drawing or engraving.
Origin of hatch3
Examples from the Web for hatching
He decries the search for “velvet-jacketed Bond villains” hatching a “malevolent plan.”The Utterly Pointless First World War
Michael F. Bishop
May 22, 2013
What on earth are Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama hatching up for the Middle East this time?Obama's Mideast Bribes Won't Work
Leslie H. Gelb
November 21, 2010
Within weeks of hatching the idea, the rapper and his cousin inked a deal with My Damn Channel for a season of 10 shows.Coolio: From Gangsta Rap to 'Ghetto Gourmet'
December 8, 2009
If it had been spread over, say six months, the hatching might have got fixed right.The Law-Breakers
Hens set twenty days, and convenient places should be provided for their laying, which will also serve for setting and hatching.
"I'm no' so sure it will not come to a hatching yet," said Sir Archy, with a dry shake of the head.The O'Donoghue
Charles James Lever
What rascally treachery have you been hatching since I saw you?Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II.
Charles James Lever
Then each day from the second to that of hatching remove an egg, break it, and examine it.The Legacy of Greece
- 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
- 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!
- under hatches
- below decks
- out of sight
- brought low; dead
- art to mark (a figure, shade, etc) with fine parallel or crossed lines to indicate shadingCompare hachure
- informal short for hatchback
Word Origin and History for hatching
"to produce young from eggs by incubation," from Middle English hachen (early 13c.), probably from an unrecorded Old English *hæccan, of unknown origin, related to Middle High German, German hecken "to mate" (used of birds). Meaning "to come forth from an egg" is late 14c. Figurative use (of plots, etc.) is from early 14c. Related: Hatched; hatching.
"opening," Old English hæc (genitive hæcce) "fence, grating, gate," from Proto-Germanic *hak- (cf. Middle High German heck, Dutch hek "fence, gate"). This apparently is the source of many of the Hatcher surnames; "one who lives near a gate." Sense of "plank opening in ship's deck" is first recorded mid-13c. Drinking phrase down the hatch first recorded 1931.
"engrave, draw fine parallel lines," late 14c., from Old French hachier "chop up, hack" (14c.), from hache "ax" (see hatchet). Related: Hatched; hatching. The noun meaning "an engraved line or stroke" is from 1650s.
Idioms and Phrases with hatching
see batten down the hatches; count one's chickens before they hatch; down the hatch.