noun Date: 1626 a passage giving access usually by a ladder or stairs to an enclosed space (as a cellar); also hatch 2a

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  • Hatchway — Hatch way ( w[=a] ), 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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hatchway — 1620s, originally nautical, from HATCH (Cf. hatch) (n.) + WAY (Cf. way) …   Etymology dictionary

  • hatchway — ► NOUN ▪ an opening or hatch, especially in a ship s deck …   English terms dictionary

  • hatchway — [hach′wā΄] n. 1. a covered opening in a ship s deck, through which cargo can be lowered or entrance made to a lower deck 2. a similar opening in the floor or roof of a building …   English World dictionary

  • hatchway — UK [ˈhætʃˌweɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms hatchway : singular hatchway plural hatchways a hatch …   English dictionary

  • hatchway — [[t]hæ̱tʃweɪ[/t]] hatchways N COUNT A hatchway is the same as a hatch …   English dictionary

  • hatchway — /hach way /, n. 1. Naut. hatch2 (def. 1a). 2. the opening of any trap door, as in a floor, ceiling, or roof. [1620 30; HATCH2 + WAY] * * * …   Universalium

  • hatchway — 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 …   Wiktionary

  • hatchway — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. trapdoor (see opening). II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. trap door, scuttle, hatch; see door 1 , entrance 2 , gate …   English dictionary for students

  • hatchway — hatch|way [ˈhætʃweı] n a ↑hatch 2(2) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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