A passage or an opening leading to a hold, compartment, or cellar.(noun)
A ladder or stairway within a hatchway.(noun)
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Use "hatchway" in a sentence
""See if the hatchway is down, and show her where to put her clothes.""
"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."
"To drop through the hatchway was the work of an instant, when I at once saw what was the matter."