hatch

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noun (1)

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
3

hatch

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verb (1)

hatched; hatching; hatches

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
2
: to bring into being : originate
especially : to concoct in secret
hatch a plot
hatchability noun
hatchable adjective
hatcher noun

hatch

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noun (2)

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

hatch

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verb (2)

hatched; hatching; hatches

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

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noun (3)

plural hatches
: a mark, line, or stroke (as in a drawing or engraving) made usually by a single movement of a pen, pencil, etc.
especially : one made in parallel with others to give the effect of shading
Dots, hatches, crosshatches, flowing lines, scribbles—use them all! Courtney Jordan
I continue to refine and tighten the drawing as I develop the form and color with overlapping hatches. Jill Bossert
Scientists have been unable to determine whether the hatches of the lower part of the drawing were done by a right- or left-handed person. Elian Peltier
[Adobe] Illustrator's new filters include Ink Pen, for creating organic-looking hatches Mike Heck and Karen Mitchell

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near hatch

Cite this Entry

“Hatch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hatch. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

hatch 1 of 4

noun

1
: an opening in a deck, floor, or roof
2
: a small door or opening (as in an airplane)
3
: the covering for a hatch

hatch

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verb

1
a
: to produce from eggs
the hen hatched chicks
b
: incubate sense 1
the hen hatched the eggs
2
a
: to emerge from an egg, pupa, or chrysalis
the chicks hatched today
b
: to give forth young
the eggs hatched today
3
: to bring into being : originate
especially : to organize or put together in secret
hatch a plot

hatch

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noun

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

hatch

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verb

: to mark (as the shading in a picture) with hatching

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