Welcome to Visual Dictionary, a series of posts about words that are better expressed in pictures.
If you saw an Analogies problem that read HATCH : SEWER, there would be many reasons to be confused.
If you were thinking of a chicken hatching from an egg and a sewer in the sense of a tailor or seamstress, you might just walk right out of the GRE and down to the local pub to tell a sympathetic bartender your tale of verbal woe.
But if you glanced down at the answer choices in such a problem, you’d see that the first word in each choice is a noun, and that HATCH here must also be a noun. SEWER here means “the place your toilet water goes,” and also where the Joker lived in the Batman saga.
This is a hatch. A hatch is an opening, such as in a ship, aircraft, roof, or floor.
A good relationship sentence for HATCH : SEWER would be, of course, “A HATCH is an entrance/opening to a SEWER” or “A 1 is an entrance/opening to a 2.” (A “sewer hatch” is the thing most of us would call a “manhole cover”).
Let’s try the entire problem.
HATCH : SEWER ::
A. LOBBY : BUILDING
B. SASH : WINDOW
C. DOOR : ENTRANCE
D. MOUTH : CAVE
E. INCISION : SURGERY
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