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chase

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Etymology 1Edit

From Old French chacier, from Late Latin captio. Akin to catch.

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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. (UK) 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.
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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.
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Etymology 2Edit

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

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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.
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Etymology 3Edit

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

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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 for drainpipes or wiring; an hollow space in the wall of a building containing 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.
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chase (third-person singular simple present chases, present participle chasing, simple past and past participle chased)

  1. (transitive) To groove; indent.
  2. (transitive) To cut (the thread of a screw).
  3. (transitive) To decorate (metal) by engraving or embossing.
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