The definition of a hatch is an opening, particularly in a ship.(noun)
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.(verb)
See hatch in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME hacchen, akin to Ger hecken, to breed & OE hagan, the genitals < ? IE base *ak-, to be able, help > Sans aknṓti, (he) can
Origin: ME hacche < OE hæcc, grating, lattice gate, akin to Du, LowG hek < IE base *kagh-, to enclose, wickerwork > hedge
Origin: OFr hacher, to chop: see hachure
See hatch in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English, small door
Origin: , from Old English hǽc, hǽcc.
verb hatched, hatch·ing, hatch·es verb, intransitive
Origin: Middle English hacchen
Origin: , from Old English *hǽccan.
transitive verb hatched, hatch·ing, hatch·es
Origin: Middle English hachen, to engrave, carve
Origin: , from Old French hacher, hachier, to crosshatch, cut up; see hash1.
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