hatchway


noun

  1. Nautical. hatch2(def 1a).
  2. the opening of any trap door, as in a floor, ceiling, or roof.

noun

  1. an opening in the deck of a vessel to provide access below
  2. a similar opening in a wall, floor, ceiling, or roof, usually fitted with a lid or door
n.

1620s, originally nautical, from hatch (n.) + way.

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