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[hach-wey] /ˈhætʃˌweɪ/
Nautical, hatch2 (def 1a).
the opening of any trap door, as in a floor, ceiling, or roof.
Origin of hatchway
1620-30; hatch2 + way1 Unabridged
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  • He was forced, with all haste, down the hatchway into the hold.

    Twelve Years a Slave Solomon Northup
  • The hatchway ladder was loaded with coolies swarming on it like bees on a branch.

    Typhoon Joseph Conrad
  • Frank ran into the turret, while Mr. Martin and the quarter-master dived down the hatchway, and ran up into the pilot-house.

    Frank Before Vicksburg Harry Castlemon
  • There was no hatchway in view, so I started down to the clerk to make inquiry.

  • The apartment in which they meet is a low room on the ground floor, and is entered only by a hatchway and ladder.

    A Study of Pueblo Architecture: Tusayan and Cibola Victor Mindeleff and Cosmos Mindeleff
  • Two women were kissing, with little cries, near the hatchway.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • Because, sticking my head out the hatchway for a taste of air, I heard the rascal captain prattling with the scoundrel mate.

    The Road to Paris Robert Neilson Stephens
  • These were somewhat larger than the other, and had decks like a vessel, with a sort of hatchway.

    The Land of the Long Night Paul du Chaillu
  • He, also, had felt the draft of hot stuffy air that rushed out at the opening of the hatchway.

    Sube Cane Edward Bellamy Partridge
  • The hatchway was closed, and the order to man the capstan was given a third time.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for hatchway


an opening in the deck of a vessel to provide access below
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 hatchway

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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