from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of the short lines used on maps to shade or to indicate slopes and their degree and direction.
  • transitive v. To make hatching on (a map).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A line on a map indicating the steepness of a slope.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A short line used in drawing and engraving, especially in shading and denoting different surfaces, as in map drawing. See hatching.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cover with hatchings.
  • n. Same as hatching.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. shading consisting of multiple crossing lines


French, from Old French, from hacher, to crosshatch; see hatch3.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French hachure ("crosshatching"), from hacher ("to hatch"). (Wiktionary)


  • Squiggled hachure began early and so did stepped triangles, waved lines, and free-standing figures.

    The Architecture of Pueblo Bonito :

  • ` Chaco 'pottery or thought of as closely related to Chaco pottery "and, again, as though clarifying Morris," The so-called non-Chaco pottery of the Chaco period on the La Plata is clearly Mancos Black-on-white decorated with solid elements, lines and dots, and parallel stripes; the so-called Chaco-like is hachure-style Mancos "(ibid., p. 97).

    The Architecture of Pueblo Bonito :


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  • "It was an extreme close-up of an extremely old man, the contours of his face clearly defined by line and shade, hachures on a topographic map."
    White Teeth by Zadie Smith, p 279 of the Vintage International paperback

    January 28, 2011