verb (used with object)
to bring forth (young) from the egg.
to cause young to emerge from (the egg) as by brooding or incubating.
to bring forth or produce; devise; create; contrive; concoct:
to hatch a scheme.
verb (used without object)
to be hatched.
the act of .
something that is hatched, as a brood.
to cause (the young of various animals, esp birds) to emerge from the egg or (of young birds, etc) to emerge from the egg
to cause (eggs) to break and release the fully developed young or (of eggs) to break and release the young animal within
(transitive) to contrive or devise (a scheme, plot, etc)
the act or process of hatching
a group of newly hatched animals
a covering for a hatchway
Also called serving hatch. an opening in a wall between a kitchen and a dining area
the lower half of a divided door
a sluice or sliding gate in a dam, dyke, or weir
(slang) down the hatch, (used as a toast) drink up!
(art) to mark (a figure, shade, etc) with fine parallel or crossed lines to indicate shading Compare hachure
(informal) short for hatchback
“to produce young from eggs by incubation,” from Middle English hachen (early 13c.), probably from an unrecorded Old English *hæccan, of unknown origin, related to Middle High German, German hecken “to mate” (used of birds). Meaning “to come forth from an egg” is late 14c. Figurative use (of plots, etc.) is from early 14c. Related: Hatched; hatching.
“engrave, draw fine parallel lines,” late 14c., from Old French hachier “chop up, hack” (14c.), from hache “ax” (see hatchet). Related: Hatched; hatching. The noun meaning “an engraved line or stroke” is from 1650s.
“opening,” Old English hæc (genitive hæcce) “fence, grating, gate,” from Proto-Germanic *hak- (cf. Middle High German heck, Dutch hek “fence, gate”). This apparently is the source of many of the Hatcher surnames; “one who lives near a gate.” Sense of “plank opening in ship’s deck” is first recorded mid-13c. Drinking phrase down the hatch first recorded 1931.
The mouth and throat: DeCasseres would hurl the first legal drink down his hatch (1931+)
booby hatch, down the hatch, nuthouse
[hach-uh-ree] /ˈhætʃ ə ri/ noun, plural hatcheries. 1. a place for eggs of hens, fish, etc., especially a large, commercial or government site where the young are , cared for, and sold or distributed. /ˈhætʃərɪ/ noun (pl) -eries 1. a place where eggs are hatched under artificial conditions n. 1880, from hatch (v.1) + -ery.
[hach-it] /ˈhætʃ ɪt/ noun 1. a small, short-handled ax having the end of the head opposite the blade in the form of a hammer, made to be used with one hand. 2. a tomahawk. 3. . verb (used with object) 4. to cut, destroy, kill, etc., with a hatchet. 5. to abridge, delete, excise, etc.: […]
noun 1. a thin face with sharp features.
[hach-it-fish] /ˈhætʃ ɪtˌfɪʃ/ noun, plural (especially collectively) hatchetfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) hatchetfishes. 1. any deep-sea of the genera Argyropelicus, Sternoptyx, and related genera, of tropical and temperate waters, having a silvery, hatchet-shaped body. 2. Also called flying characin. any of several freshwater of the genera Carnegiella, Gasteropelecus, and Thorachocharax, […]