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hatch

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

Origin and Etymology of hatch

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


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hatch

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

hatchability

play \ˌha-chə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

hatchable

play \ˈha-chə-bəl\ adjective

hatcher

noun

Origin and Etymology of hatch

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


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hatch

noun

Definition of hatch

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

First Known Use of hatch

1600


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hatch

verb

Definition of hatch

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

Origin and Etymology of hatch

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


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hatch

noun

Definition of hatch

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

First Known Use of hatch

circa 1650



HATCH Defined for Kids

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hatch

noun \ ˈhach \

Definition of hatch for Students

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

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hatch

verb

Definition of hatch for Students

hatched; hatching
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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