- Nautical. hatch2(def 1a).
- the opening of any trap door, as in a floor, ceiling, or roof.
Origin of hatchway
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Examples from the Web for hatchway
The hatchway ladder was loaded with coolies swarming on it like bees on a branch.Typhoon
There was no hatchway in view, so I started down to the clerk to make inquiry.The Million-Dollar Suitcase
Two women were kissing, with little cries, near the hatchway.
Castro had gone forward into the crowd of scoundrels round the hatchway.
These were somewhat larger than the other, and had decks like a vessel, with a sort of hatchway.The Land of the Long Night
Paul du Chaillu
- 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
Word Origin and History for hatchway
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