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 hatchesMike Heck and Karen Mitchell

Examples of hatch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The truck features a giant burger on top that can be removed to put Lego minifigures inside, a burger sign, and a service hatch that can open and close when business is ready to begin. Alida Nugent, Peoplemag, 10 Apr. 2024 The on-screen virtual button for the rear hatch resides alongside the frunk button within an on-screen menu. Dan Carney, Popular Science, 1 Feb. 2024 There's a disc on Ballie's head that can pop up, and the little hatch is surrounded by a light ring. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 9 Jan. 2024 The buoy is naturally bright orange, but it is mounted behind a hatch on the starboard side that elegantly blends into the tan hull. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 1 Apr. 2024 Sadly, a manual transmission option, as on the current Forte GT, wasn’t mentioned, but a five-door version was, which will please hot hatch fans. Alex Kwanten, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 Green chili queso smash burger, made with a third-pound smash burger patty, hatch chile, pepper jack cheese, caramelized onion and chipotle aioli on a local pretzel bun. Endia Fontanez, The Arizona Republic, 23 Mar. 2024 The larvae hatch and feed inside, hollowing out the twig, which then dies. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 22 Mar. 2024 The dry-fly fishing is especially great—owing to the caddis and mayfly hatches—and runs from April all the way through November. Tim Romano, Field & Stream, 20 Mar. 2024
Verb
While Clark’s siblings were released into the wild, Clark hatched in 2003 with a deformity that probably would have led to his quick demise in nature. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2024 Auberge Resorts has hatched a charming new riverfront resort on picturesque Johns Island in South Carolina. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 29 Mar. 2024 After three months in an incubator, none of the eggs hatched. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 22 Mar. 2024 The concept for the primary bedroom was hatched after Johnson and Hovsepian stayed at the ornate Hotel Bauer in Venice while Hovsepian was participating in the 2022 Biennale. Max Berlinger Stefan Ruiz, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2024 Amphibians lay their jelly-like eggs in water, and the eggs hatch into water-dwelling larval states. Kate Golembiewski, CNN, 16 Mar. 2024 Three eagle eggs unlikely to hatch in Big Bear Three eagle eggs unlikely to hatch in Big Bear 03:55 Jackie and Shadow, the bald eagle parents who have gone viral for taking turns keeping their eggs warm, may be facing a heartbreaking situation. Li Cohen, CBS News, 13 Mar. 2024 Those moves followed two-year deals hatched earlier this week with defensive ends Leonard Floyd and Yetur Gross-Matos and defensive tackle Jordan Elliott. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 13 Mar. 2024 The eggs will hatch outside of a shark's body and the mother will not take care of her offspring, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 19 Mar. 2024

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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

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Cite this Entry

“Hatch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hatch. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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

2 of 4 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

3 of 4 noun
1
: an act or instance of hatching
2
: a brood of hatched young

hatch

4 of 4 verb
: to mark (as the shading in a picture) with hatching
Etymology

Noun

Old English hæc "small door or opening"

Verb

Middle English hacchen "to cause to be born out of an egg"

Verb

Middle English hachen "to mark with a pattern of fine lines," from early French hacher "to inlay, chop up," derived from earlier hache "battle-ax"; of Germanic origin — related to hash entry 1, hatchet

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