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Webster's Dictionary [1]

(1): ( v. t.) 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.

(2): ( v. t.) 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.

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

(4): ( v. t.) To cross; to spot; to stain; to steep.

(5): ( n.) Development; disclosure; discovery.

(6): ( v. t.) To cross with lines in a peculiar manner in drawing and engraving. See Hatching.

(7): ( n.) The act of hatching.

(8): ( n.) A door with an opening over it; a half door, sometimes set with spikes on the upper edge.

(9): ( n.) A frame or weir in a river, for catching fish.

(10): ( n.) A flood gate; a a sluice gate.

(11): ( n.) A bedstead.

(12): ( n.) The chickens produced at once or by one incubation; a brood.

(13): ( n.) An opening into, or in search of, a mine.

(14): ( v. t.) To close with a hatch or hatches.

(15): ( n.) 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.

King James Dictionary [2]


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 .

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, To shade by lines in drawing and engraving.

Those hatching strokes of the pencil.

1. To steep.

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

Hatch, n. 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.

Hatch, or Hatches, n.

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.