hatch

noun (1)
\ ˈhach How to pronounce hatch (audio) \

Definition of hatch

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1 : a small door or opening (as in an airplane or spaceship) an escape hatch
2a : 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
3 : floodgate

hatch

verb (1)
hatched; hatching; hatches

Definition of hatch (Entry 2 of 5)

intransitive verb

1 : to produce young by incubation
2a : to emerge from an egg, chrysalis, or pupa
b : to give forth young or imagoes
3 : to incubate eggs : brood

transitive verb

1a : to produce (young) from an egg by applying natural or artificial heat
2 : to bring into being : originate especially : to concoct in secret hatch a plot

hatch

noun (2)

Definition of hatch (Entry 3 of 5)

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

hatch

verb (2)
hatched; hatching; hatches

Definition of hatch (Entry 4 of 5)

transitive verb

1 : to inlay with narrow bands of distinguishable material a silver handle hatched with gold
2 : to mark (something, such as a drawing or engraving) with fine closely spaced lines

hatch

noun (3)

Definition of hatch (Entry 5 of 5)

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

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Verb (1)

hatchability \ ˌha-​chə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce hatch (audio) \ noun
hatchable \ ˈha-​chə-​bəl How to pronounce hatch (audio) \ adjective
hatcher noun

Synonyms for hatch

Synonyms: Verb (1)

Synonyms: Noun (2)

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First Known Use of hatch

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (3)

circa 1650, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hatch

Noun (1)

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

Verb (1)

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

Verb (2)

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

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The first known use of hatch was before the 12th century

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“Hatch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hatch. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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hatch

noun
\ ˈhach How to pronounce hatch (audio) \

Kids Definition of hatch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an opening in the deck of a ship or in the floor or roof of a building
2 : a small door or opening (as in an airplane) an escape hatch
3 : the cover for such an opening

hatch

verb
hatched; hatching

Kids Definition of hatch (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to come out of an egg The chicks were hatching.
2 : to break open and give forth young The eggs will soon hatch.
3 : to develop usually in secret They hatched an evil plan.

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