American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Fine lines used in graphic arts to show shading.
- n. The process of decorating with such lines.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In drawing, engraving, etc., the art of disposing lines, especially parallel lines, whether curved, straight, or wavy, so as to give the effect of shading, according to the shape and character of the object represented. In cross-hatching the lines form lozenges or squares. If the hatchings are double or triple, the lines which indicate form predominate over the rest.
- n. A line made for this purpose, or such lines collectively.
- n. Also hachure, hatchure.
- n. A method of shading areas of a drawing or diagram with fine parallel lines.
- n. A group of birds, reptiles, fish, insects, etc., which emerge from their eggs at the same time.
- n. The act of an egg hatching, eclosion
- v. present participle of hatch.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A mode of execution in engraving, drawing, and miniature painting, in which shading is produced by lines crossing each other at angles more or less acute; -- called also
- n. the production of young from an egg
- n. shading consisting of multiple crossing lines
“Rest of the year best to figure out what is hatching from the charts or stop into Gates 'or the Old AuSable and ask.”
“In Pennsylvania spring creeks, you can't get a brown to take a fly unless it perfectly matches the main hatching insects.”
“Myers will play British Gen. Ed Fenech, a military mastermind who takes part in hatching a plot to wipe out Nazi leaders," writes the trade.”
“Economic stability is the only ruling ethic and people are born in hatching factories, where they've been preordained from the embryo to be”
“Cracking a nut open that way is sometimes called hatching, and that is how I come by the name of Nuthatch.”
“I have been sitting here upon ten eggs for three weeks past, and, of course, have another week to be confined; but then the thoughts of the pleasure I shall have in hatching and guiding my young ones to the water, is ample payment for all my pains.”
“I guess the hatching is your background image or something, because it’s still visible on the left-hand side.”
“For this new hatching, which is to turn a grub into a Bee, for this general remodelling, the delicacy of which demands absolute repose, all the precautions that make for safety have been taken.”
“But I like the idea of hatching out our own eggs, and he protected his girls by attacking a hawk that swooped down to grab one of the hens, so we'll keep him around!”
“My hatching, which is on a screened layer, plots as a solid lines, not screened lines.”
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