Definitions for: Hatch

[n] a movable barrier covering a hatchway
[n] shading consisting of multiple crossing lines
[n] the production of young from an egg
[v] sit on (eggs); "Birds brood"; "The female covers the eggs"
[v] emerge from the eggs; of birds, fish, or reptiles
[v] draw, cut, or engrave lines, usually parallel, on metal, wood, or paper; "hatch the sheet"
[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"
[v] inlay with narrow strips or lines of a different substance such as gold or silver, for the purpose of decorating

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

Hatch, v. i.
To produce young; -- said of eggs; to come forth from the
egg; -- said of the young of birds, fishes, insects, etc.

Hatch, n.
1. The act of hatching.

2. Development; disclosure; discovery. --Shak.

3. The chickens produced at once or by one incubation; a

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.

Hatch, v. t.
To close with a hatch or hatches.

'T were not amiss to keep our door hatched. --Shak.

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

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