hatchway

[ hach-wey ]
/ ˈhætʃˌweɪ /

noun

Nautical. hatch2(def 1a).
the opening of any trap door, as in a floor, ceiling, or roof.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. hatchie,
  2. hatching,
  3. hatchling,
  4. hatchment,
  5. hatchure,
  6. hate,
  7. hate crime,
  8. hate mail,
  9. hate sheet,
  10. hate someone's guts

Origin of hatchway

First recorded in 1620–30; hatch2 + way1

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British Dictionary definitions for hatchway

hatchway

/ (ˈhætʃˌweɪ) /

noun

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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Word Origin and History for hatchway

hatchway

n.

1620s, originally nautical, from hatch (n.) + way.

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