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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"See if the hatchway is down, and show her where to put her clothes."
To drop through the hatchway was the work of an instant, when I at once saw what was the matter.
Pushing upward through the hatchway was a smooth, square column of cat.
Abaft the hatchway was a door on the starboard side which I opened, and found a narrow dark passage.
Near the center of the kiva two short timbers are laid across the two main beams about 5 feet apart; this is done to preserve a space of 5 by 7 feet for the hatchway, which is made with walls of stone laid in mud plaster, resting upon the two central beams and upon the two side pieces.
"Over the hatchway was a wheel by which the food of the convicts was lowered into the hold at morning, noon, and night; at other times it was used for raising in an iron cage, from the lower decks, convicts who were allowed exercise, but the weight of whose irons prevented their ascending by the companionways.
I would enter the cabin through a waterproof Plexiglas hatchway that was nineteen inches square.
He lowered the glasses through which he was scanning the sea and pointed down the hatchway that opened into the big after-room beneath.
The 20-minute tour, which documents the full 167 feet of the space station's pressurized modules, was recorded by NASA Flight Engineer Michael Barratt to show Mission Control how equipment and supplies are arranged and stored, and to provide engineers with a detailed assessment of each module-to-module hatchway.
One of the first things is how the door between worlds isn't a standard door, as in the book, but a short hatchway of a door.