Nautical, hatch2 ( def 1a ).
the opening of any trap door, as in a floor, ceiling, or roof.

1620–30; hatch2 + way

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hatchway (ˈhætʃˌweɪ)
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

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Example sentences
In the ceiling over the entrance is a hatchway or trap door opening.
His next chance was with the carpenter and sail-maker, and he lounged round the
  after hatchway until the last had gone down.
Then he will climb up a narrow stepladder through a hatchway in his third-floor
  bathroom and onto his rooftop.
The wood around the hinges on my cellar hatchway had rotted, so my father moved
  them a few inches farther apart.
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