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hatching

[hach-ing] /ˈhætʃ ɪŋ/
noun
1.
hachure (def 2).
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; hatch3 + -ing1

hatch1

[hach] /hætʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to bring forth (young) from the egg.
2.
to cause young to emerge from (the egg) as by brooding or incubating.
3.
to bring forth or produce; devise; create; contrive; concoct:
to hatch a scheme.
verb (used without object)
4.
to be hatched.
5.
to brood.
noun
6.
the act of hatching.
7.
something that is hatched, as a brood.
Origin
1200-50; Middle English hacchen; akin to German hecken to hatch
Related forms
hatchable, adjective
hatchability, noun
hatcher, noun
unhatchability, noun
unhatchable, adjective
Synonyms
1. incubate, brood. 3. plan, plot.

hatch3

[hach] /hætʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to mark with lines, especially closely set parallel lines, as for shading in drawing or engraving.
2.
hachure (def 3).
noun
3.
a shading line in drawing or engraving.
Origin
1470-80; earlier hache < Middle French hacher to cut up, derivative of hache ax. See hatchet
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Examples from the web for hatching
  • Faint lines and hatching patterns were incised into the plaster, creating two-tone designs.
  • Since incubators have been so much used for hatching chickens, small birds suitable for broiling may be always found in market.
  • She is seldom out of the headlines, hatching some controversial new project, or bulldozing some contested bill through parliament.
  • He is also constantly hatching dodgy strategies in hopes of a big win but he schemes usually fall apart.
  • At this point he wasn't sure whether the colder batch were hatching prematurely or speeding up their development.
  • The birds seem to have adapted somewhat to warming temperatures by hatching sooner.
  • All told, the lizards live for a mere four to five months after hatching.
  • They can't be completely useless if they're killing the layers after one or two laying cycles and hatching new chickens.
  • Total time from hatching to fledging averages three months.
  • After hatching, the caterpillar feeds on the flower for about two weeks before dropping to the ground.
British Dictionary definitions for hatching

hatch1

/hætʃ/
verb
1.
to cause (the young of various animals, esp birds) to emerge from the egg or (of young birds, etc) to emerge from the egg
2.
to cause (eggs) to break and release the fully developed young or (of eggs) to break and release the young animal within
3.
(transitive) to contrive or devise (a scheme, plot, etc)
noun
4.
the act or process of hatching
5.
a group of newly hatched animals
Derived Forms
hatchable, adjective
hatcher, noun
Word Origin
C13: of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German hecken to mate (used of birds), Swedish häcka to hatch, Danish hække

hatch2

/hætʃ/
noun
1.
a covering for a hatchway
2.
  1. short for hatchway
  2. a door in an aircraft or spacecraft
3.
Also called serving hatch. an opening in a wall between a kitchen and a dining area
4.
the lower half of a divided door
5.
a sluice or sliding gate in a dam, dyke, or weir
6.
(slang) down the hatch, (used as a toast) drink up!
7.
under hatches
  1. below decks
  2. out of sight
  3. brought low; dead
Word Origin
Old English hæcc; related to Middle High German heck, Dutch hek gate

hatch3

/hætʃ/
verb
1.
(art) to mark (a figure, shade, etc) with fine parallel or crossed lines to indicate shading Compare hachure
Derived Forms
hatching, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French hacher to chop, from hachehatchet

hatch4

/hætʃ/
noun
1.
(informal) short for hatchback
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Word Origin and History for hatching

hatch

v.

"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.

"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.

n.

"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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for hatching

hatch

noun

The mouth and throat: DeCasseres would hurl the first legal drink down his hatch (1931+)

Related Terms

booby hatch, down the hatch, nuthouse


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