1. A raised framework with a sliding cover over a small hatch on a ship
2. A psychiatric hospital
ETYM Old Eng. brod, as. brôd; akin to Dutch broed, Old High Germ. bruot, German brut, and also to German brühe broth, Mid. High Germ. brüeje, and perh. to Eng. brawn, breath. Related to Breed.
The young of an animal cared for at one time.
1. The young of an animal or a family of young; especially; the young (as of a bird or insect) hatched or cared for at one time.
2. A group having a common nature or origin.
3. The children of a family.
ETYM Old Eng. cloche, cloke, claw, Scot. clook, cleuck, also Old Eng. cleche claw, clechen, cleken, to seize; cf. AS. gelaeccan (where ge- is a prefix) to seize. Related to Latch a catch.
1. Connects or disconnects driving and driven parts of a driving mechanism.
2. The mechanism that operates a clutch, such as a pedal (in a car).
3. A tense critical situation.
4. A number of birds hatched at the same time.
ETYM Old Eng. hacche, AS. haec, cf. haca the bar of a door, Dutch hek gate, Swed. häck coop, rack, Dan. hekke manger, rack. Prob. akin to Eng. hook, and first used of something made of pieces fastened together. Related to Heck, Hack a frame.
1. A covering for a hatchway.
2. Shading consisting of multiple crossing lines; SYN. hatching, crosshatch, hachure.
3. The production of young from an egg; SYN. hatching.
ETYM as. nest.
1. A structure, usually made of twigs and mud, in which animals (especially birds) lay eggs or give birth to their young.
2. A gang of criminals assembled in one place.
3. A cosy or secluded retreat.
4. A weapons emplacement; or.
5. Furniture pieces made to fit close together.
ETYM andradic;170. Related to Spawn.
The mass of eggs deposited by fish or amphibians or molluscs.
1. A small collection of people.
2. A small flock of grouse or partridge.