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Definition of 'hatch'


  1. the production of young from an egg
       Synonyms: hatching
  2. shading consisting of multiple crossing lines
       Synonyms: hatching crosshatch hachure
  3. a movable barrier covering a hatchway


  1. emerge from the eggs; "young birds, fish, and reptiles hatch"
  2. devise or invent; "He thought up a plan to get rich quickly"; "no-one had ever thought of such a clever piece of software"
       Synonyms: think up think of dream up concoct
  3. inlay with narrow strips or lines of a different substance such as gold or silver, for the purpose of decorating
  4. draw, cut, or engrave lines, usually parallel, on metal, wood, or paper; "hatch the sheet"
  5. sit on (eggs); "Birds brood"; "The female covers the eggs"
       Synonyms: brood cover incubate

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