• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Thatching The act or art of covering buildings with thatch; so as to keep out rain, snow, etc.
    • Thatching The materials used for this purpose; thatch.
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A thatched cottage and garden A thatched cottage and garden

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n thatching The act or process of applying thatch, as to a roof.
    • n thatching The fibrous material of which thatch is composed, as straw.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Thatching the act or art of covering with thatch: the materials used for thatching
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. thæc, thatch, whence theccan, to cover; cog. with Ger. decken, L. tegĕre, Gr. stegein, to cover.


In literature:

If thee won't open the door, we'll be forced to take the thatch off.
"Fern's Hollow" by Hesba Stretton
Here dwelt his wife, quiet Mistress Thatch, and here his brawny daughter.
"Kate Bonnet" by Frank R. Stockton
It is a sort of double cottage, partly thatched, standing in a good-sized garden.
"The Wings of Icarus" by Laurence Alma Tadema
The thatched roof farmhouse where he was born is still standing on the outskirts of the village.
"British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car" by Thomas D. Murphy
The roofs were very steep and covered generally with tiles, but in the case of the smaller dwellings with thatch.
"Life in a Mediæval City" by Edwin Benson
At the Bottom, not far from the place where the old mare had died, a rough thatched shed of tarred sleepers had been run up for the colt.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
The roof of her little cabin is thatched with rushes, and a garden of weeds grows on it, and the rain comes through.
"Poets and Dreamers" by Lady Augusta Gregory and Others
The walls were of unbarked logs, the roof of thatched branches interlaced, with the door at the river side.
"Pathfinders of the West" by A. C. Laut
So he climbed up to the roof, and removing a portion of the thatch, made his escape.
"Hawaiian Folk Tales" by Various
The thatch of these primitive habitations was of bou rekaba stalks.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson

In poetry:

The swallow, oft, beneath my thatch,
Shall twitter from her clay-built nest;
Oft shall the pilgrim lift the latch,
And share my meal, a welcome guest.
"A Wish" by Samuel Rogers
Widdershins turned I, singing it low,
Watching the wild birds come and go;
No cloud in the deep dark blue to be seen
Under the thick-thatched branches green.
"A Song of Enchantment" by Walter de la Mare
An' by a house, where rwoses hung avore
The thatch-brow'd window, an' the oben door,
I heärd the merry words, an' hearty laugh
O' zome feäir maid, as eet unknown to me.
"To Me" by William Barnes
Hers was a husband generous, and kind,
Her children, three, were not of uncouth mold;
Hers was a thatch which mocked at rain and wind;
Within her secret purse were coins of gold.
"From A Saxon Legend." by Alfred Castner King
And I see the thatch'd cottage, where often, the
With kind word of welcome, is met at the door;
The castle or tow'r, a shelter from danger,
When foemen invaded thy sea-beaten shore.
"Ireland" by Thomas Frederick Young
I was sold to the Rao of Ilore,
Slender and tall was he.
When his litter carried him down the street
I peeped through the thatch to see.
Ah, the eyes of the Rao of Ilore,
My lover that was to be!
"The Rao Of Ilore" by Laurence Hope

In news:

But nothing is quite like thatch.
In this offbeat, emotionally raw debut, co-founder Thornton explores the tribulations of romance and rebellion, and the coming-of-age of 17-year-old Julie Thatch.
All the camps offer self-contained, two-bedroom, thatched bundalows for $35 a night for four people.
Lunch isn't for wimps: The Thatch Inn, Main Street, Broughshane.
The Thatch Inn Bar, Broughshane.
Thatch , new lawn, bamboo.
Reduce the thatch layer in your grass.
John Thatch , Dahlin Group.
Thatch may be free, but it's not beneficial.
Control your thatch before it controls your lawn.
Thatch is that brown layer of living and dead organic material that develops between the green vegetation and the soil surface.
Ryan, Chris, and Thatch during a road trip exploiting.
Ryan, Chris, and Thatch during a road trip exploiting many rio's and lago's in Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia.
Amanda Thatch , 90, died Aug 20, 2008, at the Golden Living Center in New Madrid.
The 20-year-old son of Thatching sired 22 stakes winners.

In science:

In the right panel, we also indicate the field elliptical SN Ia rate at z = 0, as determined by Mannucci et al. (2008) as the thatched box.
The Multi-Epoch Nearby Cluster Survey: type Ia supernova rate measurement in z~0.1 clusters and the late-time delay time distribution