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hatch

1
a group of newly hatched animals

hatch

2
1. a covering for a hatchway
2. short for hatchway
3. an opening in a wall between a kitchen and a dining area
4. the lower half of a divided door
5. a sluice or sliding gate in a dam, dyke, or weir

Hatch

Opening in a floor or roof with a removable cover.

Hatch

 

an opening that provides access to the interior of a structure, assembly, or machine. Under normal conditions of use, a hatch is closed; it is opened only to carry out necessary operations.

On a ship, a hatch is an opening in the deck used for loading operations (cargo hatch), communication with below-deck quarters (companion hatch), or admitting air and light below decks (skylight, or porthole). A hatch in an upper deck is usually watertight, its perimeter framed by coamings.

Hatches (portholes) are also installed in the fuselages of air-craft, in spacecraft, in the floors and ceilings of industrial installations, in boilers, and over manholes for access to water, gas, and sewer mains and telephone systems.

hatch

[hach]
(engineering)
A door or opening, especially on an airplane, spacecraft, or ship.

hatch

An opening, equipped with an openable cover, in a roof or floor of a building for passage of people or goods from one level to another or for ventilation.
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Scarcely had he released his hold upon the edge of the hatch than the heavy covering fell clattering above him.
Though he immediately endeavoured to reach the hatch and lift the cover, he was unable to do so.
I had noticed that the girl had come on deck and was standing not far behind me, and when I saw the danger to which we were all exposed, I turned and forced her toward the hatch.
Then the two men went on deck through the main hatch, and while one kept watch, the other cut a hind quarter off Plesiosaurus Olsoni, as Bradley dubbed the thing.
She was about to give up her work at the hatch when the heavy wooden cover suddenly commenced to move above her as though actuated by some supernatural power.
With von Horn he saw the evident amazement which followed the opening of the hatch, though neither guessed its cause.
So I called to the kanaka to come to me, and proceeded to share the hatch cover with him.
Why do you lay eggs, when you don't expect to hatch them?
If the hen was obliged to hatch her own eggs, before the last was laid the first probably would be addled; but if each laid a few eggs at successive periods, in different nests, and several hens, as is stated to be the case, combined together, then the eggs in one collection would be nearly of the same age.
A number of men, however, who were lounging about a companion-way between the galley and hatch, and who did not seem to be sailors, continued talking in low tones with one another.
Everything cackleth, but who will still sit quietly on the nest and hatch eggs?
With his mouth and hands he made exuberant motions of eating rice and washing clothes; and the Chinaman, who concealed his distrust of this pantomime under a collected demeanour tinged by a gentle and refined melancholy, glanced out of his almond eyes from Jukes to the hatch and back again.