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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Hatch
  1. To cross with lines in a peculiar manner in drawing and engraving. See Hatching."Shall win this sword, silvered and hatched." [Chapman.]"Those hatching strokes of the pencil." [Dryden.]
  2. To cross; to spot; to stain; to steep.(Obs)"His weapon hatched in blood." [Beau. & Fl.]

Etymology: F. hacher to chop, hack. See Hash

verb Hatch
  1. To produce, as young, from an egg or eggs by incubation, or by artificial heat; to produce young from (eggs); as, the young when hatched ."As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not." [Jer. xvii. 11.]"For the hens do not sit upon the eggs; but by keeping them in a certain equal heat they [the husbandmen] bring life into them and hatch them." [Robynson (More's Utopia).]
  2. To contrive or plot; to form by meditation, and bring into being; to originate and produce; to concoct; as, to hatch mischief; to hatch heresy. "Fancies hatched In silken-folded idleness." [Tennyson.]

Etymology: OE. hacchen hetchen; akin to G. hecken, Dan. hekke; cf. MHG. hagen bull; perh. akin to E. hatch a half door, and originally meaning, to produce under a hatch. √12

verb Hatch
To produce young; -- said of eggs; to come forth from the egg; -- said of the young of birds, fishes, insects, etc.
noun Hatch
  1. The act of hatching.
  2. Development; disclosure; discovery.
  3. The chickens produced at once or by one incubation; a brood.
noun Hatch
  1. A door with an opening over it; a half door, sometimes set with spikes on the upper edge."In at the window, or else o'er the hatch." [Shak.]
  2. A frame or weir in a river, for catching fish.
  3. A flood gate; a sluice gate.
  4. A bedstead.(Scot)
  5. An opening in the deck of a vessel or floor of a warehouse which serves as a passageway or hoistway; a hatchway; also; a cover or door, or one of the covers used in closing such an opening.
  6. [Mining] An opening into, or in search of, a mine.

Etymology: OE. hacche, AS. hæc, cf. haca the bar of a door, D. hek gate, Sw. häck coop, rack, Dan. hekke manger, rack. Prob. akin to E. hook, and first used of something made of pieces fastened together. Cf. Heck Hack a frame

verb Hatch
To close with a hatch or hatches.
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  1. A movable barrier covering a hatchway
  2. A sloping rear car door that is lifted to open
  3. Shading consisting of multiple crossing lines
  4. The production of young from an egg
  5. Sit on (eggs)
  6. Emerge from the eggs ("young birds, fish, and reptiles hatch")
  7. Draw, cut, or engrave lines, usually parallel, on metal, wood, or paper ("hatch the sheet")
  8. Devise or invent
  9. Inlay with narrow strips or lines of a different substance such as gold or silver, for the purpose of decorating

Middle English hache, from Old English hæċ, from Proto-Germanic *hakjō (compare Dutch hek ‘gate, railing’, Low German Heck ‘pasture gate, farmyard gate’), variant of *hagjō ‘hedge’. More at hedge.

  1. A horizontal door in a floor or ceiling.
  2. A trapdoor.
  3. An opening in a wall at window height for the purpose of serving food or other items. A pass through.
    The cook passed the dishes through the serving .
  4. A small door in large mechanical structures and vehicles such as aircraft and spacecraft often provided for access for maintenance.
  5. An opening through the deck of a ship or submarine.
  6. (slang) A gullet.
  7. A frame or weir in a river, for catching fish.
  8. A floodgate; a sluice gate.
  9. (Scotland) A bedstead.
  10. (mining) An opening into, or in search of, a mine.

From Middle English hacchen ‘to propagate’, from Old English hæċċan, āhaċċian (“to peck out; hatch”), cognate with German hecken ‘to breed, spawn’, Danish hække (“to hatch”); akin to Latvian kakale ‘penis’.

  1. The act of hatching.
  2. Development; disclosure; discovery.
  3. (poultry) A group of birds that emerged from eggs at a specified time.
    These pullets are from an April .
  4. (often as ) The phenomenon, lasting 1–2 days, of large clouds of mayflies appearing in one location to mate, having reached maturity.
  5. (informal) A birth, the birth records (in the newspaper) — compare the phrase "hatched, matched, and dispatched."

From Middle French hacher (“to chop, slice up, incise with fine lines”), from Old French hacher, hachier, from Frankish *hakōn, *hakkōn, from Proto-Germanic *hakkōną (“to chop; hack”). More at hack.

    Notable Persons Named Hatch

    Hatch Rosdahl was a football player. His most notable accomplishments were from 1964 to 1966. Hatch was born on August 21st, 1941 in Hackensack, New Jersey. He passed away on June 15th, 2004.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Hatch

    Orrin Hatch is a Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, President pro tempore of the United States Senate, Chairman of theSenate Finance Committee, Chairman of theSenate Judiciary Comm. Orrin was born on March 22nd, 1934.


    Boosie Badazz is a hip hop music rapper and rapping. His most notable accomplishments were from 1996 to present. Boosie was given the name Torrence Hatch on November 14th, 1982. Boosie is also known as Lil Boosie.


    Richard Hatch is an actor, writer, and producer. Richard was given the name Richard Lawrence Hatch on May 21st, 1945 in Santa Monica, California, U.S.


    Tony Hatch is a composer, songwriter, pianist, arrangement, and record producer. He has been prominent since 1960. Tony was given the name Anthony Peter Hatch on June 30th, 1939. Tony is also known as Fred Nightingale and Mark Anthony.


    Beatrice was given the name Beatrice Sheward Hatch by her parents Evelyn Hatch and Edwin Hatch in 1866. Beatrice is also known as Hatch and Beatrice Sheward. She passed away in 1947.


    Carl Atwood Hatch was a Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico and Judge of theUnited States District Court for the District of New Mexico. His career lasted from 1949 to 1963. Carl was born on November 27th, 1889 in Kirwin, Kansas. He breathed his last breath on September 15th, 1963.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Hatch U.S.
      White 86.99% 64.26%
      African American 6.87% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.62% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 1.33% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.80% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.38% 16.26%

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    People with the last name Hatch are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Hatch

    • How Popular is the name Hatch? Hatch is the 65,456th most popular name of all time. As a last name Hatch was the 1,304th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Hatch have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 16 babies born with the first name Hatch in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Hatch? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2013 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
    • When was Hatch first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Hatch is Monday, July 14th, 1879.
    • What year had the most people named Hatch born? The highest recorded use of the first name Hatch was in 2013 with a total of 8 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Hatch: Your name in reverse order is Hctah. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hhatc. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Hatch? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 26,903 people with the last name Hatch.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Hatch? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 9 of them will have Hatch as their last name.

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    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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