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  1. hatch
    IPA[haCH]
  2. noun

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

      a cargo hatch
    • 2. an opening in the deck of a boat or ship leading to the cabin or a lower level, especially a hold.

    • 3. a door in an aircraft, spacecraft, or submarine.

    • 4. an opening in a ceiling leading to a loft.

    • 5. an opening in a kitchen wall for serving or selling food through:

      a service hatch
    • 6. the rear door of a hatchback car:

      a spare wheel mounted on the rear hatch
    • 7. short for hatchback

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: hatch, plural noun: hatches

    • verb

      (of an egg) open and produce a young animal:

      incubate (an egg):

    • noun

      a newly hatched brood:
    • verb

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

      (of an egg) open and produce a young animal:

      incubate (an egg).

    • noun

      a newly hatched brood:
    • noun

      a door in an aircraft, spacecraft, or submarine.

      the rear door of a hatchback car:

    • verb

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

      a psychiatric hospital.
    • noun

      a hatch for use as an emergency exit, especially from a submarine, ship, or aircraft.
    • noun

      a hatch for use as an emergency exit, especially from a submarine, ship, or aircraft.

      a means of retreat from or avoidance of a difficulty or problem:

    • a motor-racing circuit near Farningham in Kent.
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