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Webster 1913 Edition


Hatch

Hatch

(hăch)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Hatched
(hăcht)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Hatching
.]
[F.
hacher
to chop, hack. See
Hash
.]
1.
To cross with lines in a peculiar manner in drawing and engraving. See
Hatching
.
Shall win this sword, silvered and
hatched
.
Chapman.
Those
hatching
strokes of the pencil.
Dryden.
2.
To cross; to spot; to stain; to steep.
[Obs.]
His weapon
hatched
in blood.
Beau. & Fl.

Hatch

,
Verb.
T.
[OE.
hacchen
,
hetchen
; akin to G.
hecken
, Dan.
hekke
; cf. MHG.
hagen
bull; perh. akin to E.
hatch
a half door, and originally meaning, to produce under a hatch. √12.]
1.
To produce, as young, from an egg or eggs by incubation, or by artificial heat; to produce young from (eggs);
as, the young when
hatched
.
Paley.
As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and
hatcheth
them not.
Jer. xvii. 11.
For the hens do not sit upon the eggs; but by keeping them in a certain equal heat they [the husbandmen] bring life into them and
hatch
them.
Robynson (More’s Utopia).
2.
To contrive or plot; to form by meditation, and bring into being; to originate and produce; to concoct;
as, to
hatch
mischief; to
hatch
heresy.
Hooker.
Fancies
hatched

In silken-folded idleness.
Tennyson.

Hatch

,
Verb.
I.
To produce young; – said of eggs; to come forth from the egg; – said of the young of birds, fishes, insects, etc.

Hatch

,
Noun.
1.
The act of hatching.
2.
Development; disclosure; discovery.
Shak.
3.
The chickens produced at once or by one incubation; a brood.

Hatch

,
Noun.
[OE.
hacche
, AS.
hæc
, cf.
haca
the bar of a door, D.
hek
gate, Sw.
häck
coop, rack, Dan.
hekke
manger, rack. Prob. akin to E.
hook
, and first used of something made of pieces fastened together. Cf.
Heck
,
Hack
a frame.]
1.
A door with an opening over it; a half door, sometimes set with spikes on the upper edge.
In at the window, or else o'er the
hatch
.
Shakespeare
2.
A frame or weir in a river, for catching fish.
3.
A flood gate; a sluice gate.
Ainsworth.
4.
A bedstead.
[Scot.]
Sir W. Scott.
5.
An opening in the deck of a vessel or floor of a warehouse which serves as a passageway or hoistway; a hatchway; also; a cover or door, or one of the covers used in closing such an opening.
6.
(Mining)
An opening into, or in search of, a mine.
Booby hatch
,
Buttery hatch
,
Companion hatch
, etc.
See under
Booby
,
Buttery
, etc.
To batten down the hatches
(Naut.)
,
to lay tarpaulins over them, and secure them with battens.
To be under hatches
,
to be confined below in a vessel; to be under arrest, or in slavery, distress, etc.

Hatch

,
Verb.
T.
To close with a hatch or hatches.
'T were not amiss to keep our door
hatched
.
Shakespeare

Webster 1828 Edition


Hatch

HATCH

, v.t.
1.
To produce young from eggs by incubation, or by artificial heat. In Egypt, chickens are hatched by artificial heat.
The partridge sitteth on eggs and hatcheth them not. Jer. 17.
2.
To contrive or plot; to form by meditation, and bring into being; to originate and produce in silence; as, to hatch mischief; to hatch heresy.

HATCH

,
Verb.
T.
To shade by lines in drawing and engraving.
Those hatching strokes of the pencil.
1.
To steep.

HATCH

,
Verb.
I.
To produce young; to bring the young to maturity. Eggs will not hatch without a due degree and continuance of heat.

HATCH

,
Noun.
A brood; as many chickens as are produced at once, or by one incubation.
1.
The act of exclusion from the egg.
2.
Disclosure; discovery.

HATCH

, or HATCHES, n.
1.
Properly, the grate or frame of cross-bars laid over the opening in a ship's deck, now called hatch-bars. The lid or cover of a hatchway is also called hatches.
2.
The opening in a ship's deck, or the passage from one deck to another, the name of the grate itself being used for the opening; but this is more properly called the hatchway.
3.
A half-door, or door with an opening over it.
4.
Floodgates.
5.
In Cornwall, Eng. openings into mines, or in search of them.
6.
To be under the hatches, to be confined, or to be in distress, depression or slavery.

Definition 2021


Hatch

Hatch

See also: hatch

English

Proper noun

Hatch

  1. A surname.

hatch

hatch

See also: Hatch

English

Noun

hatch (plural hatches)

  1. A horizontal door in a floor or ceiling.
  2. A trapdoor.
  3. An opening in a wall at window height for the purpose of serving food or other items. A pass through.
    The cook passed the dishes through the serving hatch.
  4. A small door in large mechanical structures and vehicles such as aircraft and spacecraft often provided for access for maintenance.
  5. An opening through the deck of a ship or submarine.
  6. (slang) A gullet.
  7. A frame or weir in a river, for catching fish.
  8. A floodgate; a sluice gate.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ainsworth to this entry?)
  9. (Scotland) A bedstead.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)
  10. (mining) An opening into, or in search of, a mine.
Derived terms
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Verb

hatch (third-person singular simple present hatches, present participle hatching, simple past and past participle hatched)

  1. (transitive) To close with a hatch or hatches.
    • Shakespeare
      'Twere not amiss to keep our door hatched.

Etymology 2

From Middle English hacchen ‘to propagate’, from Old English hæċċan, āhaccian (to peck out; hatch), cognate with German hecken ‘to breed, spawn’, Danish hække (to hatch); akin to Latvian kakale ‘****’.[1]

Verb

hatch (third-person singular simple present hatches, present participle hatching, simple past and past participle hatched)

  1. (intransitive) (of young animals) To emerge from an egg.
  2. (intransitive) (of eggs) To break open when a young animal emerges from it.
  3. (transitive) To incubate eggs; to cause to hatch.
  4. (transitive) To devise.
    to hatch a plan or a plot; to hatch mischief or heresy
Derived terms
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References
  1. Wolfgang Pfeifer, ed., Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Deutschen, s.v. “hecken” (Munich: Deutscher Taschenbucher Vertrag, 2005).

Noun

hatch

A radar image of a mayfly hatch on the Mississippi River, 29 May 2010
  1. The act of hatching.
  2. Development; disclosure; discovery.
    • 1603, William Shakespeare, Hamlet,
      There's something in his soul,
      O'er which his melancholy sits on brood;
      I do doubt the hatch and the disclose
      Will be some danger:
  3. (poultry) A group of birds that emerged from eggs at a specified time.
    These pullets are from an April hatch.
  4. (often as mayfly hatch) The phenomenon, lasting 1–2 days, of large clouds of mayflies appearing in one location to mate, having reached maturity.
    • a. 1947, Edward R. Hewitt, quoted in 1947, Charles K. Fox, Redistribution of the Green Drake, 1997, Norm Shires, Jim Gilford (editors), Limestone Legends, page 104,
      The Willowemoc above Livington Manor had the largest mayfly hatch I ever knew about fifty years ago.
    • 2004, Ed Engle, Fishing Small Flies, page 118,
      The major application of the parachute is for mayfly hatches, but it's also useful for midge hatches.
    • 2007, John Shewey, On the Fly Guide to the Northwest, page 70,
      Many years the mayfly hatch begins by the time the lake opens in April. Otherwise, expect strong hatches by mid-May. The hatches continue through midsummer.
  5. (informal) A birth, the birth records (in the newspaper) compare the phrase "hatched, matched, and dispatched."
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Etymology 3

From Middle French hacher (to chop, slice up, incise with fine lines), from Old French hacher, hachier, from Frankish *hakōn, *hakkōn, from Proto-Germanic *hakkōną (to chop; hack). More at hack.

Verb

hatch (third-person singular simple present hatches, present participle hatching, simple past and past participle hatched)

  1. (transitive) To shade an area of (a drawing, diagram, etc.) with fine parallel lines, or with lines which cross each other (cross-hatch).
    • Dryden
      Those hatching strokes of the pencil.
    • Chapman
      Shall win this sword, silvered and hatched.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To cross; to spot; to stain; to steep.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher
      His weapon hatched in blood.
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