Nautical. hatch2 (def. 1a).
the opening of any trap door, as in a floor, ceiling, or roof.
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How to use hatchway in a sentence
A great sheet of flame burst up through the hatchway, and frightful cries came from below.Stories of Our Naval Heroes | Various
When Tom awoke, about seven hours later, it was broad daylight and the sun was streaming into the hatchway.The Rival Campers | Ruel Perley Smith
I say, you young cub down there,” shouted the skipper to him from the hatchway, “come up and swab this deck.Eric, or Little by Little | Frederic W. Farrar
At the pipe, the sailors below ran up the hatchway, and those on deck threw down their work.Newton Forster | Captain Frederick Marryat
I saw him come out on deck again with a tool-chest and a lantern, and go down the forward hatchway.Dracula | Bram Stoker
British Dictionary definitions for hatchway
an opening in the deck of a vessel to provide access below
a similar opening in a wall, floor, ceiling, or roof, usually fitted with a lid or door
- Often shortened to: hatch
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