- a horizontal door in a floor or ceiling.
- a trapdoor.
- an opening in a wall at window height for the purpose of serving food or other items.
verb (hatch, es)
- The cook passed the dishes through the serving .
- a small door in large mechanical structures and vehicles such as aircraft and spacecraft often provided for access for maintenance.
- a narrow passageway between the decks of a ship or submarine.
- (Often as Mayfly hatch) the phenomenon, lasting 1-2 days, of large clouds of mayfly, mayflies appearing in one location (to mate, having reached maturity)
- (poultry)a group of birds that emerged from eggs at a specified time.
- These pullets are from an April .
- (intransitive) (of young animals) to emerge from an egg.
- (intransitive) (of eggs) to break open when a young animal emerges from it.
- (transitive) to incubate eggs; cause to hatch.
- (transitive) to devise. (hatch a plan)
- (transitive) to shade an area of a drawing or diagram with fine parallel lines, particularly with lines which cross each other: cross-hatch.
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