from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A passage or an opening leading to a hold, compartment, or cellar.
- n. A ladder or stairway within a hatchway.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A means of passing through a wall or floor, having a hatch (especially on a ship); a doorway with a hatch rather than a door
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A square or oblong opening in a deck or floor, affording passage from one deck or story to another; the entrance to a cellar.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A square or oblong opening in the deck of a ship, affording a passage from one deck to another, or into the hold or lower apartments. See hatch, n., 3.
- n. The opening of any trapdoor, as in a floor, ceiling, or roof.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship
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