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Urging forward; pushing on; proceeding rapidly. That state is hastening to ruin, in which no difference is made between good and bad men. Antisthenes. Enfield.


An early pear, called also green chissel. Encyc.

HAST'INGS, n. [from hasty.]

Peas that come early. Mortimer.

HAST'IVE, a. [Fr. hâtif, from haste.]

Forward; early; as, fruit. [Not much used.] Encyc.

HAS'TY, a.

  1. Quick; speedy; opposed to slow. Be not hasty to go out of his sight. Eccles. viii.
  2. Eager; precipitate; rash; opposed to deliberate. Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him. Prov. xxix.
  3. Irritable; easily excited to wrath; passionate. He that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. Prov. xiv.
  4. Early ripe; forward; as, hasty fruit. Is. xxviii.


A pudding made of the meal of maiz moistened with water and boiled, or of milk and flour boiled.

HAT, n. [Sax. hæt; G. hut; D. hoed; Dan. hat; Sw. hatt; W. hêd or het. The word signifies a cover, and in German, finger-hut is a thimble. The primary sense is probably to ward off, or defend.]

  1. A covering for the head; a garment made of different materials, and worn by men or women for defending the head from rain or heat, or for ornament. Hats for men are usually made of fur or wool, and formed with a crown and brim. Hats for females are made of straw or grass braid, and various other materials. Of these the ever varying forms admit of no description that can long be correct.
  2. The dignity of a cardinal.

HAT-A-BLE, a. [from hate.]

That may be hated; odious. Sherwood.


A band round the crown of a hat.

HAT'-BOX, or HAT'-CASE, n.

A box for a hat. But a case for a lady's hat is called a band-box.


  1. A brood; as many chickens as are produced at once, or by one incubation.
  2. The act of exclusion from the egg.
  3. Disclosure; discovery. Shak.

HATCH, or HATCH'ES, n. [Sax. hæca; D. hek, a railing, gate, &c. See Hedge and Hatch, supra.]

  1. Properly, the grate or frame of cross-bars laid over the opening in a ship's deck, now called hatch-bars. The lid or cover of a hatchway is also called hatches.
  2. The opening in a ship's deck, or the passage from one deck to another, the name of the grate itself being used for the opening; but this is more properly called the hatchway. Mar. Dict.
  3. A half-door, or door with an opening over it. Qu. Johnson. Shak.
  4. Floodgates. Encyc. Ainsworth.
  5. In Cornwall, Eng. openings into mines, or in search of them. Encyc.
  6. To be under the hatches, to be confined, or to be in distress, depression or slavery. Locke.

HATCH, v.i.

To produce young; to bring the young to maturity. Eggs will not hatch without a due degree and continuance of heat.

HATCH, v.t.1 [G. hecken, aushecken, Dan. hekker, to hatch. This word seems to be connected with G. heck, Dan. hekke, Sw. häck, a hedge, Dan. hek, a fence of pales; and the hatches of a ship are doubtless of the same family. The sense probably is, to thrust out, to drive off, whence in Sw. hägn, a hedge, is also protection; hägna, to hedge, to guard. To hatch, is to exclude.]

  1. To produce young from eggs by incubation, or by artificial heat. In Egypt chickens are hatched by artificial heat. The partridge sitteth on eggs and hatcheth them not. Jer. xvii.
  2. To contrive or plot; to form by meditation, and bring into being; to originate and produce in silence; as, to hatch mischief; hatch heresy. Hooker.

HATCH, v.t.2 [Fr. hacher, to hack.]

  1. To shade by lines in drawing and engraving. Those hatching strokes of the pencil. Dryden.
  2. To steep. [Obs.] Beaum.

HATCH'EL, n. [G. hechel, D. hekel, Dan. hegle, Sw. häckla, whence the common pronunciation in America, hetchel. In Slav. hakel is a rake.]

An instrument formed with long iron teeth set in a board, for cleansing flax or hemp from the tow, hards or coarse part. The hatchel is a large species of comb.

HATCH'EL, v.t.

  1. To draw flax or hemp through the teeth of a hatchel, for separating the coarse part and broken pieces of the stalk from the fine fibrous parts.
  2. To tease or vex, by sarcasms or reproaches; a vulgar use of the word.


Cleansed by a hatchel; combed.


One who uses a hatchel.


Drawing through the teeth of a hatchel.

HATCH'ET, n. [G. hacke; Dan. hakke; Fr. hache; from hack, – which see.]

A small ax with a short handle, to be used with one hand. To take up the hatchet, a phrase borrowed from the natives of America, is to make war. To bury the hatchet, is to make peace.


A prominent face, like the edge of a hatchet. Dryden.


A substance of the hardness of soft tallow, of a yellowish white or greenish yellow color, found in South Wales. Cleveland.


Having the shape of a hatchet.


Act of producing young by incubation.