What does the word hatch mean?

Usage examples for hatch

  1. On the 30th July I found a nest containing four young birds and another containing four eggs about to hatch. – The Nests and Eggs of Indian Birds, Volume 1 by Allan O. Hume
  2. It was quite dark and the stars were shining brightly when the hatch was lifted again. – The Argus Pheasant by John Charles Beecham
  3. The dawn was rolling up to us and the next on watch was on deck to relieve me; and the cook, too, with his head above the fo'c's'le hatch, was calling that breakfast was ready, and we said no more of that. – The Trawler by James Brendan Connolly