from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 crosshatching.

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

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

  • n. the production of young from an egg
  • n. 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