hatch


1hatch

noun \ˈhach\

Definition of HATCH

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

Origin of HATCH

Middle English hache, from Old English hæc; akin to Middle Dutch hecke trapdoor
First Known Use: before 12th century

2hatch

verb

Definition of HATCH

intransitive verb
1
:  to produce young by incubation
2
a :  to emerge from an egg, chrysalis, or pupa
b :  to give forth young or imagoes
3
:  to incubate eggs :  brood
transitive verb
1
a :  to produce (young) from an egg by applying natural or artificial heat
b :  incubate 1a
2
:  to bring into being :  originate; especially :  to concoct in secret <hatch a plot>
hatch·abil·i·ty \ˌha-chə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
hatch·able \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

3hatch

noun

Definition of HATCH

1
:  an act or instance of hatching
2
:  a brood of hatched young

First Known Use of HATCH

1601

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl

4hatch

transitive verb

Definition of HATCH

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

5hatch

noun

Definition of HATCH

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

First Known Use of HATCH

1658

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