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hatch

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noun \ˈhach\

Definition of hatch

  1. 1 :  a small door or opening (as in an airplane or spaceship) <an escape hatch>

  2. 2 a :  an opening in the deck of a ship or in the floor or roof of a building b :  the covering for such an opening c :  hatchway d :  compartment

  3. 3 :  floodgate



Origin of hatch

Middle English hache, from Old English hæc; akin to Middle Dutch hecke trapdoor


First Known Use: before 12th century


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hatch

verb

Definition of hatch

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to produce young by incubation

  3. 2 a :  to emerge from an egg, chrysalis, or pupa b :  to give forth young or imagoes

  4. 3 :  to incubate eggs :  brood

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 a :  to produce (young) from an egg by applying natural or artificial heat b :  incubate 1a

  7. 2 :  to bring into being :  originate; especially :  to concoct in secret <hatch a plot>

hatch·abil·i·ty play \ˌha-chə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
hatch·able play \ˈha-chə-bəl\ adjective
hatch·er noun


Origin of hatch

Middle English hacchen; akin to Middle High German hecken to mate


First Known Use: 13th century


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hatch

noun

Definition of hatch

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of hatching

  2. 2 :  a brood of hatched young



1601

First Known Use of hatch

1601


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hatch

verb

Definition of hatch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to inlay with narrow bands of distinguishable material <a silver handle hatched with gold>

  3. 2 :  to mark (as a drawing or engraving) with fine closely spaced lines



Origin of hatch

Middle French hacher to chop, slice up, incise with fine lines, from Old French hachier — more at hash


First Known Use: 15th century


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hatch

noun

Definition of hatch

  1. :  line; especially :  one used to give the effect of shading



1658

First Known Use of hatch

1658



HATCH Defined for Kids

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hatch

play
noun \ˈhach\

Definition of hatch

  1. 1 :  an opening in the deck of a ship or in the floor or roof of a building

  2. 2 :  a small door or opening (as in an airplane) <an escape hatch>

  3. 3 :  the cover for such an opening




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hatch

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verb

Definition of hatch

hatchedhatch·ing

  1. 1 :  to come out of an egg <The chicks were hatching.>

  2. 2 :  to break open and give forth young <The eggs will soon hatch.>

  3. 3 :  to develop usually in secret <They hatched an evil plan.>





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