hatching

noun

hatch·​ing ˈha-chiŋ How to pronounce hatching (audio)
: the engraving or drawing of fine lines in close proximity especially to give an effect of shading
also : the pattern so made

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1650, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hatching was circa 1650

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“Hatching.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hatching. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

hatching

noun
hatch·​ing ˈhach-iŋ How to pronounce hatching (audio)
: the engraving or drawing of fine lines close together chiefly to give an effect of shading
also : the pattern so created
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