Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- a covered opening in a ship's deck, through which cargo can be lowered or entrance made to a lower deck
- a similar opening in the floor or roof of a building
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- A passage or an opening leading to a hold, compartment, or cellar.
- A ladder or stairway within a hatchway.