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hatchway

[hach-wey] /ˈhætʃˌweɪ/
noun
1.
Nautical, hatch2 (def 1a).
2.
the opening of any trap door, as in a floor, ceiling, or roof.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; hatch2 + way
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British Dictionary definitions for hatch way

hatchway

/ˈhætʃˌweɪ/
noun
1.
an opening in the deck of a vessel to provide access below
2.
a similar opening in a wall, floor, ceiling, or roof, usually fitted with a lid or door
Often shortened to hatch
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Word Origin and History for hatch way

hatchway

n.

1620s, originally nautical, from hatch (n.) + way.

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