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HATCH, verb transitive

1. To produce young from eggs by incubation, or by artificial heat. In Egypt, chickens are hatched by artificial heat.

The partridge sitteth on eggs and hatcheth them not. Jeremiah 17:11

2. To contrive or plot; to form by meditation, and bring into being; to originate and produce in silence; as, to hatch mischief; to hatch heresy.

HATCH, verb transitive To shade by lines in drawing and engraving.

Those hatching strokes of the pencil.

1. To steep.

HATCH, verb intransitive To produce young; to bring the young to maturity. Eggs will not hatch without a due degree and continuance of heat.

HATCH, noun A brood; as many chickens as are produced at once, or by one incubation.

1. The act of exclusion from the egg.

2. Disclosure; discovery.


1. Properly, the grate or frame of cross-bars laid over the opening in a ship's deck, now called hatch-bars. The lid or cover of a hatchway is also called hatches.

2. The opening in a ship's deck, or the passage from one deck to another, the name of the grate itself being used for the opening; but this is more properly called the hatchway.

3. A half-door, or door with an opening over it.

4. Floodgates.

5. In Cornwall, Eng. openings into mines, or in search of them.

6. To be under the hatches, to be confined, or to be in distress, depression or slavery.