What does hatch mean?

Definitions for hatch

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word hatch.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hatch, hatchingnoun

    the production of young from an egg

  2. hatch, hatching, crosshatch, hachurenoun

    shading consisting of multiple crossing lines

  3. hatchverb

    a movable barrier covering a hatchway

  4. hatchverb

    emerge from the eggs

    "young birds, fish, and reptiles hatch"

  5. think up, think of, dream up, hatch, concoctverb

    devise or invent

    "He thought up a plan to get rich quickly"; "no-one had ever thought of such a clever piece of software"

  6. hatchverb

    inlay with narrow strips or lines of a different substance such as gold or silver, for the purpose of decorating

  7. hatchverb

    draw, cut, or engrave lines, usually parallel, on metal, wood, or paper

    "hatch the sheet"

  8. brood, hatch, cover, incubateverb

    sit on (eggs)

    "Birds brood"; "The female covers the eggs"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hatchnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Something’s in his soul,
    O’er which his melancholy sits on brood;
    And, I do doubt, the hatch and the disclose
    Will be some danger. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Something about, a little from the right,
    In at the window, or else o’er the hatch. William Shakespeare, K. John.

    To the king’s ship, invisible as thou art,
    There shalt thou find the mariners asleep
    Under the hatches. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    There she’s hid;
    The mariners all under hatches stow’d. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    So seas, impell’d by winds with added pow’r,
    Assault the sides, and o’er the hatches tow’r. Dryden.

    A ship was fasten’d to the shore;
    The plank was ready laid for safe ascent,
    For shelter there the trembling shadow bent,
    And skip’d and sculk’d, and under hatches went. Dryden.

    He assures us how this fatherhood began in Adam, continued its course ’till the flood, got out of the ark with Noah, made and supported all the kings of the earth, ’till the captivity in Egypt, and then the poor fatherhood was under hatches. John Locke.

  2. To Hatchverb

    Etymology: hecken, German, as Stephen Skinner thinks, from heghen, eghen, œg, egg, Saxon.

    When they have laid such a number of eggs as they can conveniently cover and hatch, they give over, and begin to sit. John Ray, on the Creation.

    He kindly spreads his spacious wing,
    And hatches plenty for th’ ensuing Spring. John Denham.

    The tepid caves, and fens and shores,
    Their brood as numerous hatch from th’ eggs, that soon
    Bursting with kindly rupture, forth disclos’d
    Their callow young. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vii.

    Others hatch their eggs and tend the birth, ’till it is able to shift for itself. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    Which thing they very well know, and, I doubt not, will easily confess, who live to their great both toil and grief, where the blasphemies of Arrians are renewed by them; who, to hatch their heresy, have chosen those churches as fittest nests where Athanasius’s creed is not heard. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 42.

    He was a man harmless and faithful, and one who never hatched any hopes prejudicial to the king, but always intended his safety and honour. John Hayward.

    Who first shall wound, through others arms, his blood appearing fresh,
    Shall win this sword, silver’d and hatcht. George Chapman, Iliads.

    Such as Agamemnon and the hand of Greece
    Should hold up high in brass; and such again
    As venerable Nestor, hatch’d in silver,
    Should with a bond of air, strong as the axle-tree
    On which heav’n rides, knit all the Grecian ears
    To his experienc’d tongue. William Shakespeare, Troil. and Cressida.

    Those tender hairs, and those hatching strokes of the pencil, which make a kind of minced meat in painting, are never able to deceive the sight. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

  3. To Hatchverb

    He observed circumstances in eggs, whilst they were hatching, which varied. Boyle.


  1. hatch

    Hatch primarily has two different meanings depending on the context. In the context of animals, to hatch means the process by which an animal emerges from an egg. In the context of ships or other vehicles, a hatch is a door or opening, specifically in a ship, submarine, spacecraft, or aircraft.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hatchverb

    to cross with lines in a peculiar manner in drawing and engraving. See Hatching

  2. Hatchverb

    to cross; to spot; to stain; to steep

  3. Hatchverb

    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

  4. Hatchverb

    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

  5. Hatchverb

    to produce young; -- said of eggs; to come forth from the egg; -- said of the young of birds, fishes, insects, etc

  6. Hatchnoun

    the act of hatching

  7. Hatchnoun

    development; disclosure; discovery

  8. Hatchnoun

    the chickens produced at once or by one incubation; a brood

  9. Hatchnoun

    a door with an opening over it; a half door, sometimes set with spikes on the upper edge

  10. Hatchnoun

    a frame or weir in a river, for catching fish

  11. Hatchnoun

    a flood gate; a a sluice gate

  12. Hatchnoun

    a bedstead

  13. Hatchnoun

    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

  14. Hatchnoun

    an opening into, or in search of, a mine

  15. Hatchverb

    to close with a hatch or hatches

  16. Etymology: [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. Hatch

    Hatch is a town in Garfield County, Utah, United States. The population was 127 at the 2000 census. It is approximately 217 miles from Salt Lake City.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hatch

    hach, n. a door with an opening over it, a wicket or door made of cross-bars; the covering of a hatchway.—v.t. to close as with a hatch.—ns. Hatch′-boat, a kind of half-decked fishing-boat; Hatch′way, the opening in a ship's deck into the hold, or from one deck to another.—Under hatches, below deck, off duty, under arrest. [A.S. hæc, a gate; Dut. hek, a gate.]

  2. Hatch

    hach, v.t. to produce, especially from eggs, by incubation: to originate: to plot.—v.i. to produce young: to be advancing towards maturity.—n. act of hatching: brood hatched.—ns. Hatch′er, one who, or that which, hatches; Hatch′ery, a place for hatching eggs, esp. those of fish, by artificial means.—Count the chickens before they are hatched, to depend too securely on some future and uncertain event. [Early M. E. hacchen, from an assumed A.S. hæccean; cf. Mid. High Ger. hecken, Sw. häcka.]

  3. Hatch

    hach, v.t. to shade by minute lines crossing each other in drawing and engraving.—n. Hatch′ing, the mode of so shading. [O. Fr. hacher, to chop.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. hatch

    An opening in a ship

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. HATCH

    To develop eggs. HATCHWAY Place for developing eggs; a hen-coop.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. hatch

    A half-door. A contrivance for trapping salmon. (See HECK.)

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HATCH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hatch is ranked #1304 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hatch surname appeared 26,903 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 9 would have the surname Hatch.

    86.9% or 23,403 total occurrences were White.
    6.8% or 1,848 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 640 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 484 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.3% or 358 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 167 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hatch in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hatch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of hatch in a Sentence

  1. Sydney J. Harris:

    The most important thing in an argument, next to being right, is to leave an escape hatch for your opponent, so that he can gracefully swing over to your side without too much apparent loss of face.

  2. Sarah Bates:

    It is important to note that the Hatch Act prohibits Federal employees from engaging in political activity while on duty, in a government building or using government resources, political activity is defined as activity directed toward the success or failure of a political party, candidate for partisan political office, or partisan political group. National Science Foundation staff receives annual ethics training, which includes the Hatch Act.

  3. Shel Silverstein:

    The hens they all cackle, the roosters all beg, But I will not hatch, I will not hatch. For I hear all the talk of pollution and war As the people all shout and the airplane roar, So I'm staying in here where it's safe and it's warm, And I WILL NOT HATCH

  4. Donald Trump:

    Hatch Act looks to me like they're trying to take away Kellyanne Conway right of free speech. And Hatch Act's just not fair.

  5. Mick Fleetwood:

    No matter what - rehearsed, under-rehearsed, over-rehearsed, doubts about rehearsing - the first gig is always the first gig, and you put on your little praying hat, batten down the hatch, and do what you do.

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Translations for hatch

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  • zosnovat, vysedět, vylíhnout, vyklubatCzech
  • hecken, schlüpfen, brüten, ausbrüten, ausschlüpfen, LukeGerman
  • escotillaSpanish
  • kuoriutua, pesue, aueta, parveilu, tarjoiluluukku, huoltoluukku, luukku, hautoa, haudontaeräFinnish
  • couvée, passe-plat, trappe, écoutille, éclore, naître, sortir de l'œufFrench
  • guirScottish Gaelic
  • palkaIndonesian
  • incubare, passavivande, scoppiare, covare, tramare, covata, schiusa, complottare, botola, schiudersi, osteriggioItalian
  • ハッチ, 孵化Japanese
  • kopani, paoMāori
  • het openbreken van een ei, op een ei broeden, een ei bevruchten, luik, uit het ei komenDutch
  • klekke, lukeNorwegian
  • włazPolish
  • escotilha, eclodirPortuguese
  • urzi, clociRomanian
  • вынашивать, шлюз, вывести, замыслить, выводить, люк, разработать, высиживать, вы́водок, лаз, лопнуть, лазейка, вылупиться, лопаться, вылупляться, высидеть, замышлять, разрабатывать, выноситьRussian
  • kläcka, underhållslucka, serveringslucka, luckaSwedish
  • குஞ்சுTamil

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