AskDefine | Define hatch

Dictionary Definition



1 the production of young from an egg [syn: hatching]
2 shading consisting of multiple crossing lines [syn: hatching, crosshatch, hachure]
3 a movable barrier covering a hatchway


1 emerge from the eggs; "young birds, fish, and reptiles hatch"
2 devise or invent; "He thought up a plan to get rich quickly"; "no-one had ever thought of such a clever piece of software" [syn: think up, think of, dream up, concoct]
3 inlay with narrow strips or lines of a different substance such as gold or silver, for the purpose of decorating
4 draw, cut, or engrave lines, usually parallel, on metal, wood, or paper; "hatch the sheet"
5 sit on (eggs); "Birds brood"; "The female covers the eggs" [syn: brood, cover, incubate]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /hætʃ/, /h

Extensive Definition

Hatch may refer to:

Actions and objects

  • Hatching, also called "cross-hatching", an artistic technique used to create tonal or shading effects using closely spaced parallel lines. Also it is used to create curvature and shape to drawn objects.
  • The emergence of young from an egg; see Egg (biology)
  • Trapdoor, also called a hatch, a door on a floor or ceiling
  • A sluice gate
  • Hatchback, an automobile design



  • Annia Hatch, a Cuban-American gymnast, who competed at the 2004 Olympics
  • Carl Hatch, a Democrat United States Senator from New Mexico, serving from 1933 until 1949
  • David Hatch, (1939–2007), was involved in production and management at BBC Radio
  • Edward Hatch, (1832-89), an American general and Indian fighter
  • Edwin Hatch, an English theologian
  • George Hatch, a Democratic politician who was mayor of Cincinnati from 1861 to 1863
  • Harry C. Hatch, (1884-1946), a self-made millionaire industrialist from Prince Edward County, Ontario
  • Hector Hatch, is a former Fijian sportsman, politician and civil servant
  • Herschel H. Hatch (1837-1920), a U.S. Representative from Michigan
  • Jack Hatch, the Iowa State Senator from the 33rd District
  • John Porter Hatch, (1822-1901), an American soldier
  • Mike Hatch, former attorney general of Minnesota
  • Orrin Hatch, a Republican United States Senator from Utah, serving since 1977
  • Richard Hatch (actor), an American actor
  • Richard Hatch (reality TV), winner of the first American Survivor series and contestant on Survivor: All-Stars
  • Sidney Hatch, (1883–1966), an American athlete who competed for the United States in the 1904 Summer Olympics
  • Thom Hatch, an American author
  • Tony Hatch, an English composer, songwriter, pianist, music arranger and producer
  • Wilbur Hatch, (1902-1969), an American music composer


  • Hatch Act of 1887, United States legislation which authorized federal funding for agricultural experiment stations
  • Hatch Act of 1939, United States legislation prohibited civil servants from engaging in partisan political activity


  • Hatch Ltd, an engineering and development consulting company based in Mississauga, Canada
hatch in German: Hatch
hatch in French: Hatch
hatch in Korean: 해치
hatch in Dutch: Hatch
hatch in Polish: Hatch
hatch in Volapük: Hatch

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

French door, angle, archway, autolithograph, back door, barway, be a printmaker, be born, be gravid, be illegitimate, be knocked up, be pregnant, be with child, beget, blaze, blaze a trail, blemish, blotch, brand, breed, brew, bring forth, bring into being, brood, bulkhead, cabal, call into being, carriage entrance, carry, carry young, cartoon, carve, cause, cellar door, cellarway, chalk, chalk up, character, charcoal, check, check off, chisel, cicatrize, clutch, coin, collude, color, come forth, complot, conceit, conceive, conceptualize, concoct, connive, conspire, contrive, cook up, copy, counterfeit, countermine, counterplot, cover, crayon, crease, create, cribble, crosshatch, culture, cut, dapple, dash, dash off, daub, define, delimit, delineate, demarcate, depict, design, develop, devise, diagram, discolor, discover, doodle, door, doorjamb, doorpost, doorway, dot, draft, draw, dream up, enchase, engender, engineer, engrave, evolve, experience imaginatively, fabricate, fake, fancy, fantasize, farm, farrow, father, fatten, feed, fictionalize, finagle, finesse, fleck, forge, formulate, frame, frame up, freckle, front door, fry, fudge, furrow, gash, gate, gatepost, gateway, generate, gestate, get, get up, give being to, give rise to, grave, groove, grow, hatch a plot, hatch up, hatchway, have birth, hoke up, ideate, imagine, impress, imprint, improvise, incise, incubate, induce, inscribe, intrigue, invent, issue forth, keep, lay a plot, limn, line, lintel, lithograph, litter, machinate, make, make a mark, make do with, make prints, make up, maneuver, manufacture, mark, mark off, mark out, mature, mint, mold, mottle, nest, nick, notch, nurture, occasion, operate, originate, paint, paint a picture, parent, pencil, pepper, picture, picturize, plan, plot, point, porch, portal, porte cochere, portray, postern, prick, print, procreate, produce, propylaeum, provoke, punch, punctuate, puncture, pylon, raise, ranch, rear, riddle, rig, run, scar, scarify, scheme, score, scotch, scrape, scratch, sculpture, scumble, scuttle, seal, seam, set, shade, shape, side door, sire, sit, sketch, spat, spawn, speck, speckle, splotch, spot, stain, stamp, stencil, stigmatize, stile, stipple, storm door, streak, striate, strike out, stripe, suppose, tattoo, think out, think up, threshold, tick, tick off, tint, tollgate, tool, trace, trap, trap door, trump up, turnpike, turnstile, underline, underscore, wangle, work up, young
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