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Meaning of HATCH

Pronunciation:  hach

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a movable barrier covering a hatchway
  2. [n]  shading consisting of multiple crossing lines
  3. [n]  the production of young from an egg
  4. [v]  sit on (eggs); "Birds brood"; "The female covers the eggs"
  5. [v]  emerge from the eggs; of birds, fish, or reptiles
  6. [v]  draw, cut, or engrave lines, usually parallel, on metal, wood, or paper; "hatch the sheet"
  7. [v]  devise or invent; "He thought up a plan to get rich quickly"; "no-one had ever thought of such a clever piece of software"
  8. [v]  inlay with narrow strips or lines of a different substance such as gold or silver, for the purpose of decorating

HATCH is a 5 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: brood, concoct, cover, crosshatch, dream up, hachure, hatching, hatching, incubate, think of, think up
 See Also: be born, birth, birthing, cargo hatch, cook up, create by mental act, create mentally, fabricate, giving birth, hatchway, idealise, idealize, inlay, invent, line, make up, manufacture, movable barrier, multiply, opening, parturition, procreate, reproduce, scuttle, shading, sit, sit down



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hatch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hatched}; 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.
             Those hatching strokes of the pencil. --Dryden.
    2. To cross; to spot; to stain; to steep. [Obs.]
             His weapon hatched in blood.          --Beau. & Fl.
  2. \Hatch\, v. t. [OE. hacchen, hetchen; akin to G. hecken,
    Dan. hekke; cf. MHG. hagen bull; perh. akin to E. hatch a
    half door, and orig. meaning, to produce under a hatch. ???.]
    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.
             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.
    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.
  3. \Hatch\, v. i.
    To produce young; -- said of eggs; to come forth from the
    egg; -- said of the young of birds, fishes, insects, etc.
  4. \Hatch\, n.
    1. The act of hatching.
    2. Development; disclosure; discovery. --Shak.
    3. The chickens produced at once or by one incubation; a
  5. \Hatch\, n. [OE. hacche, AS. h[ae]c, cf. haca the bar of a
    door, D. hek gate, Sw. h["a]ck 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. --Shak.
    2. A frame or weir in a river, for catching fish.
    3. A flood gate; a 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.
  6. \Hatch\, v. t.
    To close with a hatch or hatches.
          'T were not amiss to keep our door hatched. --Shak.
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