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

  • noun A passage or opening leading to a hold, compartment, or cellar.
  • noun A ladder or stairway within a hatchway.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun The opening of any trapdoor, as in a floor, ceiling, or roof.

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

  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an entrance equipped with a hatch; especially a passageway between decks of a ship


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