• WordNet 3.6
    • n hatchway an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hatchway A square or oblong opening in a deck or floor, affording passage from one deck or story to another; the entrance to a cellar.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hatchway A square or oblong opening in the deck of a ship, affording a passage from one deck to another, or into the hold or lower apartments. See hatch, n., 3.
    • n hatchway The opening of any trapdoor, as in a floor, ceiling, or roof.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Hatchway the opening in a ship's deck into the hold, or from one deck to another
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hæc, a gate; Dut. hek, a gate.


In literature:

Sentinels were placed below at the doors of the officers' berths, and above at the hatchways.
"The Lonely Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
The oil-tanks broke loose, and after tumbling about for a time, fell down through the upper hatchway.
"Man on the Ocean" by R.M. Ballantyne
Keep a couple of sentries over the hatchway.
"Held Fast For England" by G. A. Henty
Bewildered and unable to see in the darkness, he tried in vain to gain the hatchway.
"Paul Gerrard" by W.H.G. Kingston
We'll take it up out of the hatchway and through the main cabin.
"The Winged Men of Orcon" by David R. Sparks
At each roll the water gushed through her port-holes, and swashed through the hatchways.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
We are prisoners here; can you break through that hatchway?
"Little By Little" by William Taylor Adams
Then the hatchway opened.
"The Devil's Asteroid" by Manly Wade Wellman
Simultaneously one of the men on guard let out his death shriek and the other fled down the hatchway to the quarters of the men.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
Brunton made for the hatchway, but before going down he stopped.
"The English at the North Pole" by Jules Verne

In poetry:

Through the open hatchway gazing,
Bright I see the stars up yonder,
The belov'd sweet eyes in heaven
Of my sweet, my well-beloved.
"The North Sea -- First Cycle" by Heinrich Heine
BUT. (looking down hatchway).
But, tell me — who's the youth whose faltering feet
With difficulty bear him on his course?
BOAT. That is the smartest lad in all the fleet—
Ralph Rackstraw!
"HMS Pinafore: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And the ship rolled and heaved with the raging tide,
While the seas poured down the hatchways and broke over her side,
And the ship wrought for herself a bed in the sand;
Still Captain Bertie hoped all might get safely to land.
"The Wreck of the 'Abercrombie Robinson'" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Then he will climb up a narrow stepladder through a hatchway in his third-floor bathroom and onto his rooftop.