HATCH English Definition and Meaning | Lexico.com



Pronunciation /haCH/ /hætʃ/

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  • 1An opening of restricted size allowing for passage from one area to another.


    • ‘There are three opening ports on each side of the cabin trunk, an opening hatch forward plus the companionway for excellent ventilation.’
    • ‘The easiest and safest passage to the foredeck is through the forward deck hatch.’
    • ‘There are two opening deck hatches and eight opening bronze ports for the best ventilation to be found on a boat this size.’
    • ‘There is an anchor locker on the foredeck, one large and two small opening hatches in the cabin top and stainless steel handrails and lifelines.’
    • ‘The foredeck is flush and unobstructed by anything other than a single deck hatch.’
    • ‘The stern deck area includes the access hatches to the engine room and measures 13 feet, 10 inches from side to side and 6 feet from front to back.’
    • ‘A long moment later, a distinct metal-on-metal knock on the airlock outer hatch sounded.’
    • ‘Fry felt like nothing so much as a walking target as he and Nix darted through the airlock’s hatch.’
    • ‘Damienne walked out of the bridge and stepped lightly through the ship’s hatch.’
    • ‘He locked the ship’s hatch behind him, and like a bewildered, lost puppy, he followed Rei as she led the way down the thin walkway to the air lift tube.’
    • ‘On deck, the Catalina 42 is clean and unobstructed except for deck hatches and handrails.’
    • ‘A few hours later, they opened the airlock’s inner hatch.’
    • ‘Dispatching him with one shot, Will closed the tank’s top hatch as he entered.’
    • ‘Erin had found a hatch in the poop deck and he and the parrot descended the steep ladder.’
    • ‘While disconnecting shore power, a sailor was unfortunate enough to have the access hatch to the service duct drop on his head.’
    • ‘The space was fifteen meters wide by ten meters long; surrounding wall was covered with charts, access hatches connecting to corridors and more machine consoles.’
    • ‘Evan stopped Alex from reaching for the hatch to the access corridor.’
    • ‘There is a teak cap rail at the sheer, the companionway doors and deck hatches are built of teak and all cabin windows are framed or trimmed with teak.’
    • ‘Once you learn to avoid the numerous ports and hatches, you will find this a very safe and easy deck to move about on, particularly while sailing at normal angles of heel.’
    • ‘CN has instructed the Maritime Commander to investigate fitting ships with alarms on external hatches and doors.’
    1. 1.1An opening in the deck of a boat or ship leading to the cabin or a lower level, especially a hold.

      ‘He unscrewed the bolts that secured an access hatch to the wall and keyed something into a control panel adjacent to it.’

      • ‘There was also an access hatch in the floor that would require the use of a fork lift truck to lift goods of any weight up into the second floor.’
      • ‘Emily leads the others down a short corridor until they come to an access hatch in the wall.’
      • ‘Marina Wilks said access to Seymour Pub’s ATM was gained through a hatch in the roof that led down into a closet that opened into the pub.’
      • ‘The whole wall continued turning until it was backwards, and instead of a wall and fireplace, there was a ladder, leading up to a hatch in the roof.’
      • ‘He pointed to a small, metal and winding staircase that led to the hatch of the roof.’
      • ‘She is hastily fastened back into her clothes and bundled out through the roof hatch until the coast is clear.’
      • ‘Put your head through the roof hatch and look for broken slates.’
      • ‘One of the perks of Glenn’s job is he gets one of the best views in Ballarat; through a tiny hatch on the roof he can get a quality perspective on the town.’
      • ‘I went up a floor but again the hatch wouldn’t swing open.’
      • ‘At the top of the ladder, Roy pushed aside a hatch in the floor above, and pulled himself out of the small area, looking around as he did so.’
      • ‘Sooff moved one of the tables, uncovering a metal hatch in the floor.’
      • ‘Several DSHI guards had their guns pointed down at the hatch in the floor, as it waiting for Thomas to emerge.’
      • ‘Aeden hewed down the first row of men and was making for the second line when he saw Auric escape through a hatch in the floor and was being followed by another soldier.’
      • ‘Reese pulled the door up behind him, and made his way through the maze of boxes to the hatch providing access to the roof.’
      • ‘Fights broke out and people clawed and scratched their way to the ladders leading up to the hatch.’
      • ‘He tried to block the view of the hatch on the floor.’
      • ‘John and Suzanne, after putting on and preparing their equipment, opened the hatch on the floor and were soon out of sight.’
      • ‘Joshua knew that there was a docking hatch on the floor with the captives, due to the blueprints he had looked at.’
      • ‘Opposition Man is standing just beside an open hatch on the tower roof, aiming a large and exotic looking gun directly at him.’
      • ‘‘Look,’ Marc declared, pointing to another service hatch on the ceiling of the tunnel.’
    2. 1.2A door in an aircraft, spacecraft, or submarine.

      ‘And as the forward escape hatch was also destroyed, the LR5’s only hope of gaining access to the submarine now is through the aft hatch.’

      • ‘The pilot and his passenger, who were both wearing lap and diagonal shoulder straps, escaped injury and were able to climb out of the aircraft through the normal hatches.’
      • ‘First Lt. Bill Bower, ready to bail out, paused at one of the bomber’s hatches and peered into the darkening sky below for some sign that his crew got out of the aircraft safely.’
      • ‘I hope that the Brits are able to mate up with the submarine and get the hatch open, find out really what is going on inside the submarine.’
      • ‘Ayumi got up and went to an airplane door and opened the hatch.’
      • ‘Crew from the submarine hypothetically could put on diving suits, exit via a hatch and swim to the bell.’
      • ‘The whole submarine was covered in greased leather, with a watertight hatch in the middle, a rudder and four oars.’
      • ‘You then drop yourself into the commander’s seat, close the hatch and manoeuvre backwards onto the left bucket seat taking care not to sit on the seat belts.’
      • ‘Hatch thrusters propel the hatch on the shuttle away from the main shuttle body.’
      • ‘ET, but immediately after Fincke stepped outside the hatch to the airlock, ground control detected the problem.’
      • ‘Jimmy pulled up the hatch built onto the floor of the hover vehicle and reached inside the small confines to reveal a duffel bag.’
      • ‘He compared it to the multimillion-dollar hatch on the shuttle.’
      • ‘Water-tight hatches separate the forward compartment from the missile compartment.’
      • ‘We could distinctly make out the anchor winch, life raft holders and torpedo-loading hatch.’
      • ‘We came to a stop in a position that put our shuttle’s passengers compartment outer hatch ten feet away from their airlock.’
      • ‘Blaine got up and strode toward the opening hatch on the back of the enormous plane.’
      • ‘With a hiss, the shuttle’s main hatch folded down away from the hull, providing a debarkation ramp.’
      • ‘When the lower part of the hatch is down, a loading tray automatically extends to aid with cargo loading and unloading.’
      • ‘How bad will lunar dust foul hatches, equipment, and human lungs?’
      • ‘A hatch from the ceiling opened and two white astronaut suits came down.’
    3. 1.3An opening in a ceiling leading to a loft.

      ‘Mrs Murphy said her patio doors rattled and even her loft hatch in the ceiling moved.’

      • ‘Unbelievably for me I failed to put my foot through the ceiling, or fall through the loft hatch, or step on any water pipes, and every winter we are as snug as a bug in a rug.’
      • ‘I wear the free polythene gloves provided, and make sure that there is a straight and uncluttered escape route from where I am standing back to the loft hatch.’
      • ‘The loft hatch above our heads was slightly ajar.’
      • ‘But on his second raid, neighbours, alerted by the noise he made, spotted him squeezing through a loft hatch as he tried to escape.’
      • ‘Shortly after I woke the hatch to the loft closed with a final, victorious thump and Graham announced that the clearance was done.’
      • ‘Trash, most of it, and a lot of it got thrown straight back down through the loft hatch where Andrew and mum gathered them up and took them to the garage.’
      • ‘I managed to grab some photos but the flames were coming through the loft hatch by then.’
      • ‘I passed him one of the sacks of cherries and he lifted the hatch in the ceiling to the attic space.’
      • ‘They scrambled to the loft hatch before realising their only exit was blocked by flames.’
      • ‘We immediately got the people out and checked the loft hatch which was hot and you could hear the fire burning above.’
      • ‘She stood below the loft hatch and as it began to open shouted out: ‘What do you think you are doing?’’
      • ‘It was the wisps of smoke edging out from around the loft hatch that convinced me.’
      • ‘Flames were visible at the end of the hallway and could be seen coming from the loft hatch.’
      • ‘In 1993, the hatch leading into the space under the flat roof of the bay was about two feet high.’
      • ‘This has a hotpress with ample storage and an access hatch into the attic.’
    4. 1.4An opening in a kitchen wall for serving or selling food through.
      • ‘After a few minutes mum would poke her head through the serving hatch in the wall between the kitchen and dining room, stretching her sinewy neck like a curious chicken.’
      • ‘There are only three tables on the ground floor sharing an open hatch for the sale of soft ice cream.’
      • ‘Bowyer, who had been drinking, approached the serving hatch and asked for a burger.’
      • ‘Karla was queuing at the serving hatch, and Bernie went over to give her some money so she could get Bernie a drink.’
      • ‘Yesterday lunchtime there were a handful of elderly drinkers in the pub, a couple of young women and a man in the ‘drinking corridor’ with its serving hatch.’
      • ‘The hatch into the open kitchen is emblazoned with its guiding principle ‘From the pier to the pan as fast as you can’.’
      • ‘The kitchen has service hatches linking it to the conservatory and living room and it is at the heart of the house.’
      • ‘Yesterday the three judges were given a video of Natalie claiming to have seen the incident through a kitchen hatch.’
      • ‘At one end of the hut next to the kitchen door was serving hatch, and a till to the left of it.’
      • ‘French doors in the dining room open into the back garden and a service hatch opens into the kitchen.’
      • ‘The family room, which has a varnished timber floor also, has a serving hatch to the kitchen.’
      • ‘There is built-in shelving on either side of the fireplace as well as a serving hatch through to the kitchen.’
      • ‘Features in the dining room include fitted display cabinets and a serving hatch to the kitchen.’
      • ‘It has a fan light, two windows, a serving hatch to the kitchen and a pine door similar to those found throughout the house.’
      • ‘French doors provide access to a tiled area in the side garden and there is a serving hatch through to the kitchen.’
      • ‘Additional features include a cast-iron fireplace with slate inset and coal-effect gas fire and a serving hatch through to the kitchen.’
      • ‘A large picture window provides good lighting and garden views and there is also a serving hatch through to the kitchen.’
      • ‘Additional features include a serving hatch through to the kitchen and a patio door leading out to the garden.’
      • ‘To the left is a dining room with deep red walls and a serving hatch to the kitchen beyond.’
      • ‘Back inside, a serving hatch connects the kitchen with the dining room, while stairs lead to the first floor, where a large landing provides more river views.’
    5. 1.5The rear door of a hatchback car.

      ‘a spare wheel mounted on the rear hatch’

      • ‘It has the look of a nice large saloon, provides plenty of space for passengers, and a large boot reached through a rear hatch.’
      • ‘Now classified as a mid-size sedan, it’s only slightly smaller than a Camry and even more versatile with its rear hatch.’
      • ‘Open up the rear hatch and you can fit in a week’s shopping… for a family of 15!’
      • ‘The distinctive style lines start at the headlights and flow back along the sides of the car, while a large S in the centre of the rear hatch also serves as a boot opener.’
      • ‘The elegant sloping roofline conjures a sleek, lightweight look as we follow it towards the rear hatch.’
      • ‘With an estate car, the slope is so steep that the entire airflow forms massive spirals as it breaks away from the top of the rear hatch.’
      • ‘They were easy to spot – with bicycles hanging from their rear hatches and kayaks and water skis attached to their roofs, that sort of thing.’
      • ‘There was no inside release for it or the rear hatch, and the hood folded forward toward the front bumper, though it had an inside release.’
      • ‘Visibility is not brilliant, especially out of the rear hatch which provides a minimal view broken by the line where it joins the body.’
      • ‘The rear hatch opens as a unit – or the window can open alone.’
      • ‘There’s plenty of room for five adults to travel in some comfort and lots of load-carrying space accessed through that rear hatch.’
      • ‘Despite the Cube’s resemblance to a van, the rear doors don’t slide and the right-hinged rear hatch swings out an enormous distance.’
      • ‘There is good access to the rear via a very practical rear hatch and the load space in the back is also very impressive.’
      • ‘The rear cargo hatch is unusually generous for this size car and with the back seats folded you can get a flat load floor, with a top load capacity of 1,044 litres.’
    6. 1.6

      ‘Saloons attract marginally lower insurance costs, as it’s perceived that gaining access to a hatch is easier.’

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      • ‘This is a car that handles with an enjoyable agility, steers with sporting precision and musters enough urge from its titchy 659 cc engine to keep pace with all but the most spiritedly driven hot hatches.’
      • ‘One way of looking at it is: Plenty of kids buy and modify Honda Civics, especially the hatch versions.’
      • ‘Like all so-called hot hatches now, twin chrome tailpipes are also fitted.’
      • ‘So to complement the five-door xA hatch and the box-like xB, the tC coupe was devised.’
      • ‘It may prove smarter to be behind the wheel of a nippy, whippy hatch and thus have a greater chance of not getting into accidents in the first place.’
      • ‘The ride feels more grand tourer than eager hot hatch on the motorway, but once you make for an exit the Golf soon switches into fun mode.’
      • ‘Below 80 mph and it’s much like any other hot hatch.’
      • ‘It’s a true hot hatch in the sense that the simple base chassis is pushed to its limits by the raw power, so it’s nervous and constantly bucking in your hands.’
      • ‘The first model, called the MG Express, has been created from the MG ZR hot hatch.’
      • ‘Also on the way is a three-door Astra sport hatch with a panoramic windscreen, meaning that all in the car have an almost unlimited view of what is happening outside all around them.’
      • ‘Two men arrived at the compound with authority from the owner to obtain the twin turbo four-wheel drive hot hatch, which was legitimately released to them.’
      • ‘The hatch is built off-line as a module, and joins the rest of the vehicle during the final assembly sequence.’
      • ‘The handling, for a mid-range hatch, is superb, with an excellent compromise between handling and comfort.’
      • ‘Like its smaller sibling, the rear window glass of the hatch can be opened separately to facilitate loading small, light objects.’


    down the hatch


    • Used to express friendly feelings towards one’s companions before drinking.

      • ‘“Down the hatch!” he said, raising his mug’
      • ‘‘Well,’ he thought ‘Down the hatch.’ Alex set the empty glass down on the bar and ordered another.’
      • ‘One for you, two for me. Down the hatch!’
      • ‘Drain that one, go on, down the hatch, there’s plenty more.’


Old English hæcc (denoting the lower half of a divided door), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hek ‘paling, screen’.


Pronunciation /haCH/ /hætʃ/

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  • 1no object (of an egg) open and produce a young animal.

    ‘eggs need to be put in a warm place to hatch’

    • ‘When the eggs hatch, the caterpillar enters the first instar (stage of development).’
    • ‘Once the eggs hatch, both the male and the female feed the young.’
    • ‘Once the eggs hatch, the Larvae burrow inside the host and begin consuming nonessential tissues.’
    • ‘Nestlings were counted on the expected day of hatching, and on one or two consecutive days until the last egg hatched (eggs usually hatch within 3 days).’
    • ‘All eggs hatched according to laying order, and in all clutches that we predicted to hatch synchronously, eggs hatched within 12 h of each other.’
    • ‘When the carrier insect feeds on a warm-blooded animal, the eggs hatch and the larva penetrates the skin.’
    • ‘When the terrestrial eggs hatch, adult males transport the larvae in their enlarged vocal sacs.’
    • ‘After five to eight days, the eggs hatch and the young begin to search for food on the river bottom.’
    • ‘The eggs hatch after about two weeks, and the young larvae begin to feed on the walls of the gall.’
    • ‘And because cuttlefishes, like almost all cephalopods, die before their eggs have hatched, there is no reason for them to recognize their young.’
    • ‘Vehicle treatment alone does not stimulate hatching, as vehicle-treated eggs hatched before untreated eggs in only 3 of 10 clutches.’
    • ‘A nest was considered successful when at least one egg hatched.’
    • ‘As the eggs hatch, the young drift off into the plankton before finally settling on the reef to establish a new colony among another group of cup corals.’
    • ‘After the eggs hatch, both parents tend the young, leading them to sources of food where the young feed themselves.’
    • ‘Over a period of several days, the male frog watches the eggs hatch into tiny tadpoles.’
    • ‘The eggs stay stuck to the grass until the next spring tide comes along when the tiny larvae, half the size of a pin, hatch and are carried out to sea.’
    • ‘All eggs in a nest hatch at the same time, and the entire brood leaves the nest at once.’
    • ‘Further caterpillars are added and the burrow sealed permanently before the egg hatches.’
    • ‘Once the egg hatches, both parents feed the young for almost 14 weeks, after which it leaves the island and heads out to sea.’
    • ‘When this egg-laying trick is well played, the cowbird egg hatches before the other eggs in the nest.’
    1. 1.1with object Incubate (an egg)

      ‘the eggs are best hatched under broody hens or in incubators’

      • ‘Hatcheries, which use incubators to hatch the eggs, take advantage of this biological phenomenon for shipping.’
      • ‘Mother hen hatches her eggs in a farmyard and finds one of her baby chicks is a scrawny, ugly duck.’
      • ‘The males are left behind to guard and hatch the eggs, which they cradle at all times on top of their feet, even during blinding blizzards.’
      • ‘We collected and synchronously hatched eggs from each replicate line and subjected resulting larvae to the next generation of culling.’
      • ‘In this species, fathers care for and hatch the eggs, while female penguins head out to sea to feed.’
      • ‘The male is able to constantly monitor, and alter if necessary, the precise temperature needed to hatch the eggs laid by the female.’
      • ‘The developer’s neighbour authorized the adding of a quantity of limestone along an inlet furrow leading to a pipe feeding a two-tank hatchery situated on the Hol River in which he hatched some trout eggs.’
      • ‘TWO penguins who had their chick stolen from a zoo on the Isle of Wight have hatched another egg.’
      • ‘Eggs were hatched in plastic trays with water and reared under standard laboratory conditions.’
      • ‘The hatchery has state of the art machinery designed to ensure the eggs are hatched in a clean, healthy environment, producing 450,000 day-old chicks per week.’
      • ‘On June 24, a total of nine eggs were hatched by the geese.’
      • ‘On today’s large-scale chicken farms, for example, mass production depends on removing the eggs as soon as they are laid, then hatching them in incubators.’
      • ‘Like the eggs of birds, monotreme eggs are incubated and hatched outside the body of the mother.’
      • ‘The reference is to the process by which an egg is hatched, a chick emerges, and gradually grows into an adult.’
    2. 1.2no object (of a young bird, fish, or reptile) emerge from its egg.

      ‘ten little chicks hatched out’

      • ‘In the first two weeks after the young hatch, the female stays on the nest to brood them, and the male brings food for the female and the owlets.’
      • ‘Roughly a hundred of these snakes could fit inside of the giant egg that the single snake hatched from.’
      • ‘Just because the tops of many eggs were broken, does not necessarily mean the dinosaurs hatched.’
      • ‘Female gay birds will often nest together and lay eggs together – though, of course, no chicks will hatch.’
      • ‘The turtles hatch and churn around in the nest for up to three days, drying out and straightening out their stomachs.’
      • ‘Chicks have already hatched from the eggs, and will soon fly the nest – allowing the box to be returned to its original use.’
      • ‘In echidnas, the egg is carried in a pouch on the female’s belly until the young hatches, at which point the barely-developed young must find a mammary gland and latch onto it for nourishment.’
      • ‘After the chick hatches, both parents participate in its feeding and care for 6-7 months until it fledges and starts to fly.’
      • ‘Once the chick hatches, both parents feed it for another four weeks.’
      • ‘For the first few weeks after the chick hatches, the parents take turns tending the chick and foraging, with foraging trips taking many days.’
      • ‘The male feeds the female on the nest and helps her brood the young when they first hatch.’
      • ‘Once the young hatch, the female continues to care for them, although they are able to feed themselves almost immediately.’
      • ‘After the young hatch, she broods the owlets for about three weeks.’
      • ‘The male brings her food while she is on the nest and continues to bring food after the young hatch.’
      • ‘Once the young hatch, both parents feed them by regurgitating food.’
      • ‘Both help incubate the 2-4 eggs for 4 weeks, and both help brood and feed once the young hatch.’
      • ‘After the young hatch, the male alone brings food to the young and to the brooding mother.’
      • ‘In the first few days after the young hatch, the female broods the young almost continuously.’
      • ‘Once the young hatch, the female broods for 8-10 days and the male bring food to both the female and the young.’
      • ‘After the young hatch, the female broods for 1-2 weeks, and the male continues to provide all food.’
      • ‘When the young hatch, the female broods and the male hunts.’
    3. 1.3with object Cause (a young animal) to emerge from its egg.

      ‘our penguins were hatched and hand-reared here’

      • ‘Lobster larvae were hatched in our culture facility and fed live brine shrimp.’
      • ‘After emerging, the moths were stored at 4°C. Moths are incapable of moving at low temperatures and thus they remained in good condition until all larvae were hatched.’
      • ‘Because of our aim to prevent competition within broods, we carried out the survival analyses for experimental chicks without the inclusion of the four nests that had hatched two chicks.’
      • ‘However, in 2001, 14 of 17 males successfully hatched a chick.’
      • ‘To determine whether those eggs contained embryos, 4 days after the last chick was hatched, we broke the eggs still in the nest and checked for dead embryos or lack of fertilization.’
      • ‘In field observations, an average of 1200 embryos were hatched.’
      • ‘After finding a teddy in the nest where two chicks were hatched, officials of the Yorkshire Red Kite Project are asking if the spectacular birds of prey, which can have a wing span of up to five feet, are just softies at heart.’
      • ‘Because whooping crane pairs usually only hatch one chick a year, there’s only a four per cent growth every year in the population, Johns said.’
      • ‘Knowles Kerry says once the chicks are hatched, it’s critical the parents find food for them, or they won’t survive.’
      • ‘Four F 1 males and 37 F 1 females were intercrossed and 1000 F 2 birds were hatched.’
      • ‘First, large groups of birds were hatched, and tended to by members of the crew.’
      • ‘Can you hatch eagles by setting a goose on buzzard eggs?’
      • ‘The fish were hatched at Orielton Mill, reared at Walton Mill and finished at Vicar’s Mill.’
      • ‘When most of the chicks are hatched, lower the temperature in the incubator to 95 o F. After 24 hours the chicks should be dry and ready to move to a brooder where they can be given food and water.’
      • ‘Chicks were hatched in incubators and kept indoors in brooders for the first 6 weeks of their life.’
      • ‘Crocodiles and birds assist their young by hatching them, feeding them, providing warmth and shelter, and protecting them from predators.’
  • 2with object Conspire to devise (a plot or plan)

    ‘the little plot that you and Sylvia hatched up last night’

    • ‘The pedestrianisation scheme has gone ahead even though it is difficult to find anyone outside the offices in which the plan has been hatched up who supports it.’
    • ‘Did the two hatch the plot together, in secrecy, with the over eager Heffernan ready to cop the worst of it should their plan go belly up?’
    • ‘So together they hatch the plot of doing The War of the Worlds on radio, to wow the studios.’
    • ‘They are in cahoots together, hatching a plan to take Daniel down with the help of a young, top-notch karate champ.’
    • ‘Then an elaborate plot was hatched to concoct the perfect assassination of the world leader.’
    • ‘He tells his brother what he has seen and together they hatch a plot to catch her.’
    • ‘Despite a 100 mile distance, texting happened regularly and plans were hatched for meeting up and weekends spent together.’
    • ‘They had been playing as part of his touring band when Bethel hatched a plan to put her own group together.’
    • ‘He alleged that the duo had hatched a plan to carry out a robbery that night and they armed themselves with two fence posts taken from a nearby garden.’
    • ‘He was discussing ways that he could make money and he foolishly got on to ways he could make money unlawfully and this plan was hatched.’
    • ‘With nothing to lose, he must have hatched an escape plan.’
    • ‘The inquest heard how a plan was hatched that the pair should both swim across the river, but Mr Holding had not been in the water long when he began shouting hysterically and stopped moving.’
    • ‘In the week before the key meeting of the Council last November, a plan was hatched to call a second meeting for February 12 to review progress on decommissioning.’
    • ‘I submit that the Perrault brothers were the wits behind it, although in which one of their two brilliant minds it was hatched will likely never be known.’
    • ‘It was Morris who hatched the sleepwalking defense.’
    • ‘He is the third cabinet member to resign, purportedly over the scandal hatched by a provincial governor linking Estrada to illegal gambling.’
    • ‘When asked if the idea had been hatched when the market was more buoyant, a spokeswoman for the TV channel said that in fact it had taken only four months to get to screen.’
    • ‘Let the person who hatched this idea stand up and take a bow.’
    • ‘Time Warner initially denied the accusation but then came clean, saying the idea was hatched by a couple of low-level marketing people.’
    • ‘When McWilliams’s two interests converged, the idea for American Eagle was hatched.’

    devise, conceive, contrive, concoct, brew, invent, plan, design, formulate

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  • A newly hatched brood.

    • ‘Every spring the moorhens build themselves a nest on a raft of twigs or on the bank at the waterline, for a clutch of speckled brown eggs to bring off a hatch of four or five tiny brown-black chicks.’
    • ‘Mayfly hatches are not confined to rivers, some lakes also have spectacular mayfly hatches.’
    • ‘Nests were revisited on the expected hatch day and every 3 days after hatching to assess nest success and nestling survival.’
    • ‘Lough Carra had small hatches of mayfly, olives and sedges over the week, with fishing described as patchy, with some anglers having good sport.’
    • ‘Sporadic hatches of mayflies were observed in some of the bays and if the present mild weather continues the main hatch should be in full swing in about one week’s time.’
    • ‘There were hatches of sedge, mayfly and olives, and the best flies were mayfly patterns, Golden Olive Bumble, and the Green Peter.’
    • ‘Lough Carra was a lot busier this week, and with good hatches of olives and mayfly, anglers had good reason to be out and about.’
    • ‘There were good hatches of olives at times, and some bays had good hatches of mayfly.’
    • ‘Reports say that the hatches of mayfly were fair to good, all depending on which part of the lough was fished.’
    • ‘Good fishing reported in the latter half of the week with good hatches of olives and mayflies all over the lake.’
    • ‘There were prolific hatches of mayfly all over the lake for most days during the week.’
    • ‘The mayfly hatch appears to be over but there is still the possibility of spent gnat fishing during the coming week if conditions are suitable.’
    • ‘There were fair hatches of olives and duckfly, with hatches of mayfly in a few places too.’
    • ‘Later in the year, when there are big hatches of adult mayflies and caddis flies, chub will position themselves on the edge of the current, ready to intercept the constant supply of food passing them.’
    • ‘The lakes are well established with good fly life including a good hatch of mayflies when in season.’
    • ‘After hatch, nests were checked irregularly after feeding observations to minimize disturbance.’
    • ‘More research is needed to get to the bottom of declining fly hatches, said Bennett, but the government-funded Environment Agency lacks the resources to do the work itself.’
    • ‘Although hatch weight had no overall effect on survival, it interacted with chick position.’
    • ‘First, the sub-samples of eggs that we used to quantify hatch also allowed us to estimate the fraction of eggs that hatched.’
    • ‘We detected no difference in clutch size, hatch success, or nest success between parasitized and nonparasitized females.’


Middle English hacche; related to Swedish häcka and Danish hække.


Pronunciation /haCH/ /hætʃ/

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transitive verb

[with object]

  • (in fine art and technical drawing) shade (an area) with closely drawn parallel lines.

    ‘the unused space has been hatched with lines’

    • ‘As I said, in the plan that is annexed to the first respondents’ submissions, it is the shaded hatched area.’
    • ‘But my gratitude also extends to those drivers who reverse on to main roads, see hatched areas as special taxi lanes and who ask for the removal of the indicator lights upon purchase of their vehicle.’
    • ‘It cited improvements to the road layout, including lane markings, hatched areas and clearer road signs as the reason.’
    • ‘It would help considerably if the now almost worn out hatched area was repainted, or occasionally there was a policeman strategically standing there acting as a visual deterrent.’
    • ‘The style and extent of the resulting underdrawing can vary enormously, from a few sketchy lines to elaborate hatched drawings, complete in every detail.’


Late 15th century (in the sense ‘inlay with strips of metal’): from Old French hacher, from hache (see hatchet).