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The aim of life is some way of living, as flexible and gentle as human nature; so that ambition may stoop to kindness, and philosophy to condor and humor. Neither prosperity nor empire nor heaven can be worth winning at the price of a virulent temper, bloody hands, an anguished spirit, and a vain hatred of the rest of the world.
George Santayana
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Etymology 1

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Noun

Singular
hatch

Plural
es

hatch (es)
  1. A horizontal door in a floor or ceiling.
  2. A trapdoor.
  3. An opening in a wall at window height for the purpose of serving food or other items.
    The cook passed the dishes through the serving hatch.
  4. A small door in large mechanical structures and vehicles such as aircraft and spacecraft often provided for access for maintenance.
  5. A narrow passageway between the decks of a ship or submarine.
  6. (slang) A gullet.
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Etymology 2

From Middle English hacchen; akin to Middle High German hecken (to mate)

Verb

Infinitive
to hatch

Third person singular
hatch

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to hatch (third-person singular simple present hatch, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) (of young animals) To emerge from an egg.
  2. (intransitive) (of eggs) To break open when a young animal emerges from it.
  3. (transitive) To incubate eggs; to cause to hatch.
  4. (transitive) To devise. (hatch a plan)
  5. (informal) In the phrase 'hatched, matched and dispatched', to bear, to cause to give birth.
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Noun

hatch

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A group of birds that emerged from eggs at a specified time.
    These pullets are from an April hatch.
  2. (Often as Mayfly hatch) The phenomenon, lasting 1-2 days, of large clouds of mayflies appearing in one location (to mate, having reached maturity).
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) As in the phrase "hatched, matched, and dispatched." A birth, the birth records (in the newspaper).
Translations

Etymology 3

From Middle French hacher (to chop, slice up, incise with fine lines); Old French hachier

Verb

Infinitive
to hatch

Third person singular
hatch

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to hatch (third-person singular simple present hatch, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To shade an area of a drawing or diagram with fine parallel lines, particularly with lines which cross each other: cross-hatch.
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