- to bring forth (young) from the egg.
- to cause young to emerge from (the egg) as by brooding or incubating.
- to bring forth or produce; devise; create; contrive; concoct: to hatch a scheme.
- to be hatched.
- to brood.
- the act of hatching.
- something that is hatched, as a brood.
Origin of hatch1
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- Also called hatchway.an opening, usually rectangular, in the deck through which passengers can pass, cargo can be loaded or unloaded, etc.
- the cover over such an opening.
- an opening that serves as a doorway or window in the floor or roof of a building.
- the cover over such an opening.
- Slang. the throat as used for drinking: His usual toast was a muttered “Down the hatch!”
- Aeronautics. an opening or door in an aircraft.
- the lower half of a divided door, both parts of which can be opened separately.
- a small door, grated opening, or serving counter in or attached to the wall of a building, room, etc., as for a merchant's stall.
- a bin or compartment built into a confined space, especially a deep storage bin.
- anything resembling a hatch.
- batten down the/one's hatches,
- Nautical.prepare for stormy weather: used as a command.
- to prepare to meet an emergency or face a great difficulty: The government must batten down its hatches before the election.
Origin of hatch2
- to mark with lines, especially closely set parallel lines, as for shading in drawing or engraving.
- hachure(def 3).
- a shading line in drawing or engraving.
Origin of hatch3
Examples from the Web for hatch
“I would be proud, but my late mother said, ‘Don’t count your eggs, son, until they hatch,” he said.For Next AG, Obama Picks a Quiet Fighter With a Heavy Punch
November 8, 2014
The plan unveiled last January by Hatch, Coburn and Burr is a good foundation.What the GOP Will Do If It Wins Congress
October 3, 2014
But his efforts for Hatch have been notable and have helped forge a relationship between the two men.2016 Dark Horse Martin O'Malley Is Boosting Iowa Democrats (and Himself)
September 22, 2014
Hatch admits that he may be “a little odd,” but it turns out he's less odd than one might think.
Today, Hatch is a married father of one adopted son, but he longs to connect with his progeny.
The very brooding of the voice on a word, seems to hatch something of what is in it.Weighed and Wanting
The hatch was so small that two men could not pass at a time, and I felt my way to it, in no haste.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Who could tell what devil's mischief they might hatch together!Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
From without I heard Grauble's voice in command: "Close the hatch."City of Endless Night
Quietly he climbed back to the passage and closed the hatch.In the Orbit of Saturn
Roman Frederick Starzl
- to cause (the young of various animals, esp birds) to emerge from the egg or (of young birds, etc) to emerge from the egg
- to cause (eggs) to break and release the fully developed young or (of eggs) to break and release the young animal within
- (tr) to contrive or devise (a scheme, plot, etc)
- the act or process of hatching
- a group of newly hatched animals
- a covering for a hatchway
- short for hatchway
- a door in an aircraft or spacecraft
- Also called: serving hatch an opening in a wall between a kitchen and a dining area
- the lower half of a divided door
- a sluice or sliding gate in a dam, dyke, or weir
- down the hatch slang (used as a toast) drink up!
- under hatches
- below decks
- out of sight
- brought low; dead
- art to mark (a figure, shade, etc) with fine parallel or crossed lines to indicate shadingCompare hachure
- informal short for hatchback
Word Origin and History for hatch
"to produce young from eggs by incubation," from Middle English hachen (early 13c.), probably from an unrecorded Old English *hæccan, of unknown origin, related to Middle High German, German hecken "to mate" (used of birds). Meaning "to come forth from an egg" is late 14c. Figurative use (of plots, etc.) is from early 14c. Related: Hatched; hatching.
"opening," Old English hæc (genitive hæcce) "fence, grating, gate," from Proto-Germanic *hak- (cf. Middle High German heck, Dutch hek "fence, gate"). This apparently is the source of many of the Hatcher surnames; "one who lives near a gate." Sense of "plank opening in ship's deck" is first recorded mid-13c. Drinking phrase down the hatch first recorded 1931.
"engrave, draw fine parallel lines," late 14c., from Old French hachier "chop up, hack" (14c.), from hache "ax" (see hatchet). Related: Hatched; hatching. The noun meaning "an engraved line or stroke" is from 1650s.