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“… branches those eggs hatch and baby …”

meanings of hatch


  1. An opening through the deck of a ship or submarine.
  2. A frame or weir in a river, for catching fish.
  3. The phenomenon, lasting 1-2 days, of large clouds of mayflies appearing in one location to mate, having reached maturity.
  4. An opening into, or in search of, a mine.
  5. A floodgate; a sluice gate.
  6. A birth, the birth records (in the newspaper) — compare the phrase "hatched, matched, and dispatched.".
  7. A gullet.
  8. An opening in a wall at window height for the purpose of serving food or other items. A pass through.
  9. A trapdoor.
  10. Development; disclosure; discovery.
  11. A small door in large mechanical structures and vehicles such as aircraft and spacecraft often provided for access for maintenance.
  12. A group of birds that emerged from eggs at a specified time.
  13. The act of hatching.
  14. A bedstead.
  15. A horizontal door in a floor or ceiling.


  1. To close with a hatch or hatches.
  2. (of eggs) To break open when a young animal emerges from it.
  3. To shade an area of (a drawing, diagram, etc.) with fine parallel lines, or with lines which cross each other (cross-hatch).
  4. (of young animals) To emerge from an egg.
  5. To incubate eggs; to cause to hatch.
  6. To cross; to spot; to stain; to steep.
  7. To devise.


  1. A surname​.

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