hatchway

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hatch·way

 (hăch′wā′)
n.
1. A passage or opening leading to a hold, compartment, or cellar.
2. A ladder or stairway within a hatchway.

hatchway

(ˈhætʃˌweɪ)
n
1. (Nautical Terms) an opening in the deck of a vessel to provide access below
2. (Architecture) a similar opening in a wall, floor, ceiling, or roof, usually fitted with a lid or door
Often shortened to: hatch

hatch1

(hætʃ)

v.t.
1. to cause young to emerge from (the egg), as by brooding or incubating.
2. to bring forth or produce; devise; plot.
v.i.
3. to be hatched.
4. to brood.
n.
5. the act of hatching.
6. something that is hatched, as a brood.
[1200–50; Middle English hacchen; akin to Middle High German hecken to hatch]
hatch′a•ble, adj.
hatch`a•bil′i•ty, n.
hatch′er, n.

hatch2

(hætʃ)

n.
1.
a. Also called hatchway. an opening in the deck of a vessel or in the floor or roof of a building, used as a passageway.
b. the cover over such an opening.
2. an opening or door in an aircraft.
3. the lower half of a divided door.
4. a small door, grated opening, or serving counter in or attached to a wall.
Idioms:
down the hatch, (used as a toast.)
[before 1100; Middle English hacche, Old English hæcc grating, hatch, half-gate; akin to Middle Dutch hecke gate, railing]

hatch3

(hætʃ)

v.t.
1. to mark with lines, esp. closely set parallel lines, as for shading in drawing or engraving.
n.
2. a shading line in drawing or engraving.
[1470–80; earlier hache < Middle French hacher to cut up, derivative of hache ax. See hatchet]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hatchway - an entrance equipped with a hatchhatchway - an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
entrance, entranceway, entryway, entree, entry - something that provides access (to get in or get out); "they waited at the entrance to the garden"; "beggars waited just outside the entryway to the cathedral"
escape hatch - hatchway that provides a means of escape in an emergency
hatch - a movable barrier covering a hatchway
Translations
فتْحَة في سَطْح السَّفينَه
palubní jícen
luge
lejáró
lestarop, lúgugat
palubný otvor
ambar ağzı kapağı

hatchway

[ˈhætʃweɪ] n [ship] → écoutille f

hatch1

(hӕtʃ) noun
(the door or cover of) an opening in a wall, floor, ship's deck etc. There are two hatches between the kitchen and dining-room for serving food.
ˈhatchway noun
an opening, especially in a ship's deck.
References in classic literature ?
Her cargo is not stowed in any sense; it is simply dumped into her through six hatchways, more or less, by twelve winches or so, with clatter and hurry and racket and heat, in a cloud of steam and a mess of coal-dust.
Every once and a while Peleg came hobbling out of his whalebone den, roaring at the men down the hatchways, roaring up to the riggers at the mast-head, and then concluded by roaring back into his wigwam.
He followed cautiously, but when he got to bows found no one, and the hatchways were all closed.
Pacing back and forth the length of the hatchways and savagely chewing the end of a cigar, was the man whose casual glance had rescued me from the sea.
For days they suffered the doleful rigors and retchings of sea-sickness, lurking below in their berths in squalid state, or emerging now and then like spectres from the hatchways, in capotes and blankets, with dirty nightcaps, grizzly beard, lantern visage and unhappy eye, shivering about the deck, and ever and anon crawling to the sides of the vessel, and offering up their tributes to the windward, to infinite annoyance of the captain.
He was standing on the ladder with his back to us, peering over the combing of the hatchway.
A passenger was running through a gangway, between decks, one stormy night, when he caught his foot in the iron staple of a door that had been heedlessly left off a hatchway, and the bones of his leg broke at the ancle.
cried D'Artagnan, as he went down the steps of the hatchway, preceded by the lantern, "what a number of barrels
A huge Irishman at their head, they were passing buckets towards the after-hold; the press of people hid the hatchway from us until we gained the poop; but we heard the buckets spitting and a hose-pipe hissing into the flames below; and we saw the column of white vapor rising steadily from their midst.
On the flanks it is cased with wood, and at top completely covered by a large, sloping, battened hatchway.
It was all fitted with lockers from top to bottom, so as to stow away the officers' belongings and a part of the ship's stores; there was a second store-room underneath, which you entered by a hatchway in the middle of the deck; indeed, all the best of the meat and drink and the whole of the powder were collected in this place; and all the firearms, except the two pieces of brass ordnance, were set in a rack in the aftermost wall of the round-house.
Come," he said, and we followed him through the hatchway which had been opened by one of the seamen.