A baby bird about to hatch from its egg.
- 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.
- 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 of hatchMiddle English hacchen, akin to German hecken, to breed and Old English hagan, the genitals from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form ?ak-, to be able, help from source Sanskrit ?akn?ti, (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
- 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 of hatchMiddle English hacche from Old English hæcc, grating, lattice gate, akin to Du, Low German hek from Indo-European base an unverified form kagh-, to enclose, wickerwork from source hedge
down the hatch!
Origin of hatchOld French hacher, to chop: see hachure
- 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.
- A door that opens upward on the rear of an automobile; a hatchback.
- A floodgate.
Origin of hatchMiddle English small door from Old English hæc, hæcc
verbhatched, hatch·ing, hatch·es
- To emerge from an egg or other structure that surrounds and protects an embryo.
- To emerge from a cocoon or chrysalis.
- To emerge from the water when transforming from an aquatic larval or pupal form to a winged form, as a mayfly or caddisfly.
- To produce (young) from an egg or eggs.
- To cause (an egg or eggs) to produce young.
- To devise or originate, especially in secret: hatch an assassination plot.
- a. The act or an instance of hatching from an egg or similar structure.b. The act or an instance of emerging from a cocoon or chrysalis.c. The act or an instance of emerging from the water when transforming from an aquatic larval or pupal form to a winged form.
- a. A group of young organisms, especially birds, that hatch at one time; a brood.b. A group of adult insects that emerge at one time.c. A group of winged insects, as mayflies or caddisflies, that emerge at one time from a body of water.
Origin of hatchMiddle English hacchen from Old English hæccan
transitive verbhatched, hatch·ing, hatch·es
Origin of hatchMiddle English hachen to engrave, carve from Old French hacher, hachier to crosshatch, cut up ; see hash 1.
- A surname.