What does hatch mean?

Definitions for hatchhætʃ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word hatch.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hatch, hatching(noun)

    the production of young from an egg

  2. hatch, hatching, crosshatch, hachure(noun)

    shading consisting of multiple crossing lines

  3. hatch(verb)

    a movable barrier covering a hatchway

  4. hatch(verb)

    emerge from the eggs

    "young birds, fish, and reptiles hatch"

  5. think up, think of, dream up, hatch, concoct(verb)

    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. hatch(verb)

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

  7. hatch(verb)

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

    "hatch the sheet"

  8. brood, hatch, cover, incubate(verb)

    sit on (eggs)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hatch(verb)

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

  2. Hatch(verb)

    to cross; to spot; to stain; to steep

  3. Hatch(verb)

    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. Hatch(verb)

    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. Hatch(verb)

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

  6. Hatch(noun)

    the act of hatching

  7. Hatch(noun)

    development; disclosure; discovery

  8. Hatch(noun)

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

  9. Hatch(noun)

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

  10. Hatch(noun)

    a frame or weir in a river, for catching fish

  11. Hatch(noun)

    a flood gate; a a sluice gate

  12. Hatch(noun)

    a bedstead

  13. Hatch(noun)

    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. Hatch(noun)

    an opening into, or in search of, a mine

  15. Hatch(verb)

    to close with a hatch or hatches

  16. Origin: [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.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Claire McCaskill:

    USPS has failed to implement sufficient controls to ensure compliance with the Hatch Act.

  2. Jon Zuccala:

    The cat just darted out when he opened up the hatch, she was wet, scared, thirsty, but she was alive.

  3. Mitt Romney:

    I join the people of Utah in thanking my friend, Senator Orrin Hatch for his more than forty years of service to our great state and nation.

  4. Mitch McConnell:

    I've had some conversations with Mitt Romney, obviously, I'm an Orrin Hatch supporter. And Orrin has to decide what he wants to do. If he wants to run again, I'm for him.

  5. 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.

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Translations for hatch

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • vylíhnout, vyklubat, vysedět, zosnovatCzech
  • schlüpfen, ausschlüpfen, ausbrüten, Luke, brüten, heckenGerman
  • escotillaSpanish
  • huoltoluukku, luukku, hautoa, pesue, tarjoiluluukku, parveilu, kuoriutua, aueta, haudontaeräFinnish
  • passe-plat, trappe, naître, sortir de l'œuf, couvée, écoutille, écloreFrench
  • guirScottish Gaelic
  • palkaIndonesian
  • complottare, botola, osteriggio, schiudersi, incubare, covare, tramare, schiusa, passavivande, covata, scoppiareItalian
  • 孵化, ハッチJapanese
  • pao, kopaniMāori
  • uit het ei komen, een ei bevruchten, op een ei broeden, het openbreken van een ei, luikDutch
  • luke, klekkeNorwegian
  • włazPolish
  • escotilha, eclodirPortuguese
  • cloci, urziRomanian
  • люк, вы́водок, лаз, лазейка, вылупиться, лопаться, высидеть, замышлять, разрабатывать, выносить, вылупляться, шлюз, лопнуть, высиживать, разработать, выводить, замыслить, вывести, вынашиватьRussian
  • lucka, kläcka, serveringslucka, underhållsluckaSwedish
  • குஞ்சுTamil

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