from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Fine lines used in graphic arts to show shading.
  • noun The process of decorating with such lines.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A line made for this purpose, or such lines collectively.
  • noun Also hachure, hatchure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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 crosshatching.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A method of shading areas of a drawing or diagram with fine parallel lines.
  • noun A group of birds, reptiles, fish, insects, etc., which emerge from their eggs at the same time.
  • noun The act of an egg hatching, eclosion
  • verb Present participle of hatch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the production of young from an egg
  • noun shading consisting of multiple crossing lines


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  • My adjectival use: 'You must not help a hatching bird escape from its egg.'

    August 22, 2011