Definition of hatch noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//hætʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hætʃ//
    Parts of a plane, Parts of boats and ships
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  1. 1(also hatchway) an opening or a door in the deck of a ship or the bottom of an aircraft, through which goods to be carried are passed See related entries: Parts of a plane, Parts of boats and ships
  2. 2an opening in a wall between two rooms, especially a kitchen and a dining room, through which food can be passed a serving hatch
  3. 3a door in an aircraft or a spacecraft an escape hatch See related entries: Parts of a plane
  4. 4an opening or a door in a floor or ceiling a hatch to the attic
  5. Word Originnoun Old English hæcc (denoting the lower half of a divided door), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hek ‘paling, screen’.Extra examples Leave the hatch open. She lifted the hatch and slid it away from the opening. She opened the serving hatch and put the soup on the counter. The engineer was peering into the service hatch. They battened down the hatches and prepared for the storm. They got out through the escape hatch. a hatch between the kitchen and the dining room a hatch to the dining room Karen climbed through the hatch and disappeared from view. She returned her tray to the serving hatch. There’s a hatch to the attic.Idioms
      batten down the hatches
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    1. 1to prepare yourself for a period of difficulty or trouble A natural tendency in times of recession is to batten down the hatches and think about our own needs.
    2. 2(on a ship) to firmly shut all the entrances to the lower part, especially because a storm is expected
    (informal, saying) used before drinking something, especially to express good wishes before drinking alcohol
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