• "'See what my speckled hen has hatched.'"
    "'See what my speckled hen has hatched.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hatch sit on (eggs) "Birds brood","The female covers the eggs"
    • v hatch emerge from the eggs "young birds, fish, and reptiles hatch"
    • v hatch draw, cut, or engrave lines, usually parallel, on metal, wood, or paper "hatch the sheet"
    • v hatch devise or invent "He thought up a plan to get rich quickly","no-one had ever thought of such a clever piece of software"
    • v hatch inlay with narrow strips or lines of a different substance such as gold or silver, for the purpose of decorating
    • n hatch a movable barrier covering a hatchway
    • n hatch shading consisting of multiple crossing lines
    • n hatch the production of young from an egg
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Female alligators lay about 40 eggs that hatch in 60 - 70 days
    • Hatch A bedstead.
    • Hatch A door with an opening over it; a half door, sometimes set with spikes on the upper edge. "In at the window, or else o'er the hatch ."
    • Hatch A flood gate; a sluice gate.
    • Hatch A frame or weir in a river, for catching fish.
    • Hatch An opening in the deck of a vessel or floor of a warehouse which serves as a passageway or hoistway; a hatchway; also; a cover or door, or one of the covers used in closing such an opening.
    • Hatch (Mining) An opening into, or in search of, a mine.
    • Hatch Development; disclosure; discovery.
    • Hatch The act of hatching.
    • Hatch The chickens produced at once or by one incubation; a brood.
    • v. t Hatch To close with a hatch or hatches. "'T were not amiss to keep our door hatched ."
    • Hatch To contrive or plot; to form by meditation, and bring into being; to originate and produce; to concoct; as, to hatch mischief; to hatch heresy. "Fancies hatched In silken-folded idleness."
    • Hatch To cross with lines in a peculiar manner in drawing and engraving. See Hatching. "Shall win this sword, silvered and hatched .""Those hatching strokes of the pencil."
    • Hatch To cross; to spot; to stain; to steep. "His weapon hatched in blood."
    • v. i Hatch To produce young; -- said of eggs; to come forth from the egg; -- said of the young of birds, fishes, insects, etc.
    • Hatch To produce, as young, from an egg or eggs by incubation, or by artificial heat; to produce young from (eggs); as, the young when hatched . "As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not.""For the hens do not sit upon the eggs; but by keeping them in a certain equal heat they [the husbandmen] bring life into them and hatch them."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A newly hatched fish is called a "fry."
    • n hatch A half-door, or a door with an opening over it; a grated or latticed door or gate; a wicket.
    • n hatch A grate or frame of cross-bars laid over an opening in a ship's deck; hence, any cover of an opening in a ship's deck. A hatch accidentally turned upside down, or dropped in the hold of the vessel, is superstitiously regarded as an omen of bad luck.
    • n hatch An opening, generally rectangular, in a ship's deck, for taking in or discharging the cargo, or for affording a passage into the interior of the ship; a hatchway. The fore-hatch is generally just forward of the foremast, the main-hatch forward of the mainmast, and the after-hatch between the main- and mizzenmasts.
    • n hatch Hence Any similar opening, as in the floor of a building, or a cover placed over it.
    • n hatch An opening made in a mine, or made in searching for a mine.
    • n hatch A rack for hay.
    • n hatch A frame or weir in a river, for catching fish.
    • n hatch A bedstead.
    • n hatch A hollow trap to catch weasels and other animals.
    • n hatch Under close confinement; in servitude.
    • hatch To close with or as with a hatch.
    • hatch To cause to develop in and emerge from (an egg) by incubation or other natural process, or by artificial heat; cause the developed young to emerge from (an egg).
    • hatch To contrive or plot, especially secretly; form by meditation, and bring into being; originate and produce: as, to hatch mischief; to hatch heresy.
    • hatch To be hatched, as the eggs of birds, reptiles, fishes, insects, etc.: as, the eggs hatch in two weeks, in the water, under ground, etc.
    • hatch To come forth from or out of the egg: as, the chicks hatch naked in ten days.
    • n hatch A brood; as many young birds as are produced at one time, or by one incubation.
    • n hatch The number of eggs incubated at one time; a clutch.
    • n hatch The act of hatching; also, that which is hatched, in either sense of that word.
    • hatch To chase; engrave; mark with cuts or lines.
    • hatch Specifically, in drawing, engraving, etc., to shade by means of lines; especially, to shade with lines crossing one another. See hatching and cross-hatching.
    • hatch To lay in small and numerous bands upon a ground of different material: as, laces of silver hatched on a satin ground.
    • n hatch A shading line in drawing or engraving.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A 13-year-old boy in India produced winged beetles in his urine after hatching the eggs in his body
    • n Hatch hach a door with an opening over it, a wicket or door made of cross-bars; the covering of a hatchway
    • v.t Hatch to close as with a hatch
    • v.t Hatch hach to produce, especially from eggs, by incubation: to originate: to plot
    • v.i Hatch to produce young: to be advancing towards maturity
    • n Hatch act of hatching: brood hatched
    • v.t Hatch hach to shade by minute lines crossing each other in drawing and engraving
    • ***


  • Walter Benjamin
    “Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience. A rustling in the leaves drives him away.”
  • Aesop
    “Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.”
  • Ray D. Everson
    Ray D. Everson
    “You have to hatch ideas -- and then hitch them.”
  • Arnold H. Glasgow
    Arnold H. Glasgow
    “The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it open.”


Batten down the hatches - If you batten down the hatches, you prepare for the worst that could happen to you.
Don't catch your chickens before they're hatched - This means that you should wait until you know whether something has produced the results you desire, rather than acting beforehand. ('Don't count your chickens until they've hatched' is an alternative.)
Down the hatch - This idiom can be said before drinking alcohol in company.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hacche, AS. hæc, cf. haca, the bar of a door, D. hek, gate, Sw. häck, coop, rack, Dan. hekke, manger, rack. Prob. akin to E. hook, and first used of something made of pieces fastened together. Cf. Heck Hack a frame
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. hacher, to chop.


In literature:

He looked at the square of evening light which glimmered through the hatch.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley
Sunny Boy was acquainted with Mr. Hatch.
"Sunny Boy in the Country" by Ramy Allison White
If all goes well, in a few days the eggs will hatch.
"The Renewal of Life; How and When to Tell the Story to the Young" by Margaret Warner Morley
For several days I visited the hive, and found new hatched worms in it.
"New observations on the natural history of bees" by Francis Huber
The hatch-cover was thrown back.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
It coiled its great body compactly in gay-colored folds on the hatch and lay still.
"The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code" by John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
From these eggs there hatch worms which burrow under the bark until they cut off the flow of the sap.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
After the meal, the captain inquired of the officer at the main hatch whether they would be permitted to go on deck.
"The Boy Volunteers with the Submarine Fleet" by Kenneth Ward
The hatching follows soon after the laying.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
At the end of that time the eggs hatch out into little chicks.
"Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors" by James Johonnot

In poetry:

By Faith I unseen Being see
Forth lower beings call,
And say to nothing, Let it be,
And nothing hatches all.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. IV." by Ralph Erskine
Too slow are they for wrath to hatch,
Too hot for time to rear.
Old Kraken kept unwinding watch;
He marked his day appear.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
No, sure, a miël shoulden stratch
Between woone's geärden an' woone's hatch.
A man would like his house to stand
Bezide his little bit o' land.
"Eclogue:--John An' Thomas" by William Barnes
The crocus prick with its spears aglow
'Gainst the rallying flakes of the routed snow,
The isle—keeping titmouse wed and hatch,
And the swallow come home to its native thatch:
"The Passing Of The Primroses" by Alfred Austin
"The Court Retainers, Sir, abound;
Places for not one-third are found.
The vermin hatch, and become pests,
Sooner than we can find them nests.
Then let solicitations end--
No nest is vacant for your friend."
"Preferment" by William Hutton
She eyed en; and, as when a weir-hatch is drawn,
Her tears, penned by terror afore,
With a rushing of sobs in a shower were strawn,
Till her power to pour 'em seemed wasted and gone
From the heft o' misfortune she bore.
"Additions: The Fire at Tranter Sweatley's" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Three weeks later she hatched six baby chickens.
Today should be hatch day.
The next Disney Channel Original Movie, Hatching Pete, stars Jason Dolley and Mitchel Musso airs March 7.
I like to hatch sea monkeys with my class and observe them as representatives of crustaceans.
Mama turtles lay their eggs into the sand, and when the babies hatch , they just know to head right into the water.
These little guys had no idea that they were hatching right into a sea being pummeled by a hurricane.
Hatch: Romney 'only real chance' Mormons have at White House.
On the "pro-" side, from left, Sens Gordon Smith, Tom Harkin, Orrin Hatch and Arlen Specter.
Big hatch leaves several pros frustrated.
White tigers, a 50-year-old hippo , the alligator hatching festival, a 56-year-old chimpanzee gives birth, the world's smallest frog and more.
This is the second chick hatched by the pair of parents currently at the zoo.
Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), right, and Sen Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), left, are the co-sponsors of the Induce Act.
Just hatched, the kitchen quickly grooving, it's already winning regulars.
Even their eggs can survive space-like conditions, hinting at the possibility of successful hatches on other planets.
Kenner is hatching a plan to develop part of the recreation area commercially.

In science:

Figure 7: Distribution of the reconstructed Cherenkov angles for the double radiator run, with AGL 1.035 (hatched histogram) and NaF (solid line).
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
The position angle and shape of the inferred bar are hatched in Figure 2.
An Upper Limit to the Age of the Galactic Bar
The hatched bar is our best estimate of the position angle and length, accounting for this bias.
An Upper Limit to the Age of the Galactic Bar
The cone-like domain Al (t) is indicated as an hatched domain in Fig.
Multifractal stationary random measures and multifractal random walks with log-infinitely divisible scaling laws
The hatched region describes expected lag from theory (including both SNR-HII lag and CRF skewness).
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth