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Webster 1913 Edition


Chase

Chase

(chās)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Chased
(chāst)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Chasing
.]
[OF.
chacier
, F.
chasser
, fr. (assumed) LL.
captiare
, fr. L.
captare
to strive to seize. See
Catch
.]
1.
To pursue for the purpose of killing or taking, as an enemy, or game; to hunt.
We are those which
chased
you from the field.
Shakespeare
Philologists, who
chase

A panting syllable through time and place.
Cowper.
2.
To follow as if to catch; to pursue; to compel to move on; to drive by following; to cause to fly; – often with
away
or
off
;
as, to
chase
the hens away
.
Chased
by their brother’s endless malice from prince to prince and from place to place.
Knolles.
3.
To pursue eagerly, as hunters pursue game.
Chasing
each other merrily.
Tennyson.

Chase

,
Verb.
I.
To give chase; to hunt;
as, to
chase
around after a doctor
.
[Colloq.]

Chase

,
Noun.
[Cf. F.
chasse
, fr.
chasser
. See
Chase
,
Verb.
]
1.
Vehement pursuit for the purpose of killing or capturing, as of an enemy, or game; an earnest seeking after any object greatly desired; the act or habit of hunting; a hunt.
“This mad chase of fame.”
Dryden.
You see this
chase
is hotly followed.
Shakespeare
2.
That which is pursued or hunted.
Nay, Warwick, seek thee out some other
chase
,
For I myself must hunt this deer to death.
Shakespeare
3.
An open hunting ground to which game resorts, and which is private property, thus differing from a forest, which is not private property, and from a park, which is inclosed. Sometimes written chace.
[Eng.]
4.
(Court Tennis)
A division of the floor of a gallery, marked by a figure or otherwise; the spot where a ball falls, and between which and the dedans the adversary must drive his ball in order to gain a point.

Chase

,
Noun.
[F.
cháse
, fr. L.
capsa
box, case. See
Case
a box.]
(Print.)
1.
A rectangular iron frame in which pages or columns of type are imposed.
2.
(Mil.)
The part of a cannon from the reënforce or the trunnions to the swell of the muzzle. See
Cannon
.
3.
A groove, or channel, as in the face of a wall; a trench, as for the reception of drain tile.
4.
(Shipbuilding)
A kind of joint by which an overlap joint is changed to a flush joint, by means of a gradually deepening rabbet, as at the ends of clinker-built boats.

Chase

,
Verb.
T.
[A contraction of
enchase
.]
1.
To ornament (a surface of metal) by embossing, cutting away parts, and the like.
2.
To cut, so as to make a screw thread.

Webster 1828 Edition


Chase

CHASE

, v.t.
1.
Literally to drive, urge, press forward with vehemence; hence, to pursue for the purpose of taking, as game; to hunt.
2.
To purse, or drive, as a defeated or flying enemy. Lev. 26:7. Deut. 32:30.
3.
To follow or pursue, as an object of desire; to pursue for the purpose of taking; as, to chase a ship.
4.
To drive; to pursue.
Chased by their brothers endless malice.
To chase away, is to compel to depart; to disperse.
To chase metals. [See Enchase.]

CHASE

, n.
1.
Vehement pursuit; a running or driving after; as game, in hunting; a flying enemy, in war; a ship a sea, &c.
2.
Pursuit with an ardent desire to obtain, as pleasure, profit, fame, &c.; earnest seeking.
3.
That which may be chased; that which is usually taken by chase; as beasts of chase.
4.
That which is pursued or hunted; as, seek some other chase. So at sea, a ship chased is called the chase.
5.
In law, a driving of cattle to or from a place.
6.
An open ground, or place of retreat for deer and other wild beasts; differing from a forest, which is not private property and is invested with privileges, and from a park which is inclosed. A chase is private property, and well stored with wild beasts or game.
7.
An iron frame used by printers to confine types, when set in columns.
8.
Chase of a gun, is the whole length of the bore.
9.
A term in the game of tennis.
Chase guns, in a ship of war, guns used in chasing an enemy or in defending a ship when chased. These have their ports at the head or stern. A gun at the head is called a bow-chase; at the stern, a stern-chase.

Definition 2023


Chase

Chase

See also: chase and čhase

Translingual

Proper noun

Chase

  1. A botanical plant name author abbreviation for botanist Mary Agnes Chase (1869-1963).

English

Proper noun

Chase

  1. A surname from a Middle English nickname for a hunter.
  2. A male given name of modern usage, transferred from the surname.
  3. A census-designated place in Alaska
  4. A village and a river in British Columbia, Canada
  5. A city in Kansas
  6. A census-designated placein Pennsylvania
  7. A town in Wisconsin

Anagrams

chase

chase

See also: Chase and čhase

English

Alternative forms

Noun

chase (plural chases)

  1. The act of one who chases another; a pursuit.
  2. A hunt.
  3. (uncountable) A children's game where one player chases another.
    • 1996, Marla Pender McGhee, Quick & Fun Learning Activities for 1 Year Olds (page 25)
      Some children like to be caught when playing chase, and others do not.
    • 2009, Martin J. Levin, We Were Relentless: A Family's Journey to Overcome Disability (page 41)
      So we played chase up and down the concourses of the airport.
  4. (Britain) A large country estate where game may be shot or hunted.
  5. Anything being chased, especially a vessel in time of war.
    • Shakespeare
      Nay, Warwick, seek thee out some other chase, / For I myself must hunt this deer to death.
  6. (nautical) Any of the guns that fire directly ahead or astern; either a bow chase or stern chase.
  7. (real tennis) The occurrence of a second bounce by the ball in certain areas of the court, giving the server the chance, later in the game, to "play off" the chase from the receiving end and possibly win the point.
  8. (real tennis) A division of the floor of a gallery, marked by a figure or otherwise; the spot where a ball falls, and between which and the dedans the adversary must drive the ball in order to gain a point.
  9. (cycling) One or more riders who are ahead of the peloton and trying to join the race or stage leaders.
Derived terms
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Verb

chase (third-person singular simple present chases, present participle chasing, simple past and past participle chased)

  1. (transitive) To pursue, to follow at speed.
  2. (transitive) To hunt.
  3. (intransitive) To give chase; to hunt.
    to chase around after a doctor
  4. (transitive, nautical) To pursue a vessel in order to destroy, capture or interrogate her.
  5. (transitive) To dilute alcohol.
    Chase vodka with orange juice to make a screwdriver.
  6. (transitive, cricket) To attempt to win by scoring the required number of runs in the final innings.
    Australia will be chasing 217 for victory on the final day.
  7. (transitive, baseball) To swing at a pitch outside of the strike zone, typically an outside pitch
    Jones chases one out of the zone for strike two.
  8. (transitive, baseball) To produce enough offense to cause the pitcher to be removed
    The rally chased the starter.
Quotations
  • For usage examples of this term, see Citations:chase.
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Etymology 2

Perhaps from French châsse (case”, “reliquary), from Old French chasse, from Latin capsa.

Noun

chase (plural chases)

  1. (printing) A rectangular steel or iron frame into which pages or columns of type are locked for printing or plate making.
Translations

Etymology 3

Possibly from obsolete French chas (groove”, “enclosure), from Old French, from Latin capsa, box. V., variant of “enchase”.

Noun

chase (plural chases)

  1. A groove cut in an object; a slot: the chase for the quarrel on a crossbow.
  2. (architecture) A trench or channel or other encasement structure for encasing (archaically spelled enchasing) drainpipes or wiring; a hollow space in the wall of a building encasing ventilation ducts, chimney flues, wires, cables or plumbing.
  3. The part of a gun in front of the trunnions.
  4. The cavity of a mold.
  5. (shipbuilding) A kind of joint by which an overlap joint is changed to a flush joint by means of a gradually deepening rabbet, as at the ends of clinker-built boats.
Translations

Verb

chase (third-person singular simple present chases, present participle chasing, simple past and past participle chased)

  1. (transitive) To groove; indent.
  2. (transitive) To place piping or wiring in a groove encased within a wall or floor, or in a hidden space encased by a wall (chase the pipe)
  3. (transitive) To cut (the thread of a ****).
  4. (transitive) To decorate (metal) by engraving or embossing.
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