- The definition of a hatch is an opening, particularly in a ship.
An example of a hatch is a small opening to a secret passage.
- To hatch is defined as to bring forth, or to mark or show shading on a drawing with parallel or crossed lines.
- An example of to hatch is for a baby chicken to be born from an egg.
- An example of to hatch is to implement a plan.
- An example of to hatch is to draw a fence completely out of crossed lines.
A baby bird about to hatch from its egg.
hatch definition by Webster's New World
- to bring forth (young) from an egg or eggs by applying warmth
- to bring forth young from (an egg or eggs)
- to bring (a plan, idea, etc.) into existence; esp., to plan in a secret or underhanded way; plot
Origin: Middle English hacchen, akin to German hecken, to breed and amp; Old English hagan, the genitals ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form ak-, to be able, help from source Sanskrit aknṓti, (he) can
- to bring forth young; develop embryos: said of eggs
- to come forth from the egg
- to brood: said of a bird
- the process of hatching
- the brood hatched
- a result
- hatcher noun
- the lower half of a door, gate, etc. that has two separately movable halves
- a covering for a ship's hatchway, or a lid or trapdoor for a hatchway in a building
- a barrier to regulate the flow of water in a stream; floodgate
Origin: Middle English hacche ; from Old English hæcc, grating, lattice gate, akin to Dutch Low German hek ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kagh-, to enclose, wickerwork from source hedge
Origin: Old French hacher, to chop: see hachure
hatch definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. An opening, as in the deck of a ship, in the roof or floor of a building, or in an aircraft.b. The cover for such an opening.c. A hatchway.d. Nautical A ship's compartment.
- The hinged rear door of a hatchback.
- A floodgate.
Origin: Middle English, small door, from Old English hǽc, hǽcc.
verb hatched, hatch·ing, hatch·es verb, intransitive
- To produce (young) from an egg.
- To cause (an egg or eggs) to produce young.
- To devise or originate, especially in secret: hatch an assassination plot.
- The act or an instance of hatching.
- The young hatched at one time; a brood.
Origin: Middle English hacchen, from Old English *hǽccan.
- hatchˈer noun
transitive verb hatched, hatch·ing, hatch·es
Origin: Middle English hachen, to engrave, carve, from Old French hacher, hachier, to crosshatch, cut up; see hash1.
hatch - Phrases/Idioms
down the hatch!
down the hatch