From (etyl) chacier, from captio. Akin to catch.
* (l) (obsolete)
(en noun )
The act of one who chases another; a pursuit.
(uncountable) A children’s game where one player chases another.
* 1996 , Marla Pender McGhee, Quick & Fun Learning Activities for 1 Year Olds (page 25)
* 2009 , Martin J. Levin, We Were Relentless: A Family’s Journey to Overcome Disability (page 41)
- Some children like to be caught when playing chase , and others do not.
(British) A large country estate where game may be shot or hunted.
Anything being chased, especially a vessel in time of war.
- So we played chase up and down the concourses of the airport.
(nautical) Any of the guns that fire directly ahead or astern; either a bow chase or stern chase.
(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.
(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.
- Nay, Warwick, seek thee out some other chase , / For I myself must hunt this deer to death.
* cut to the chase
* wild-goose chase
To pursue, to follow at speed.
To give chase; to hunt.
(nautical) To pursue a vessel in order to destroy, capture or interrogate her.
To dilute alcohol.
- to chase around after a doctor
(cricket) To attempt to win by scoring the required number of runs in the final innings.
- Chase vodka with orange juice to make a screwdriver.
(baseball) To swing at a pitch outside of the strike zone, typically an outside pitch
- Australia will be chasing 217 for victory on the final day.
(baseball) To produce enough offense to cause the pitcher to be removed
- Jones chases one out of the zone for strike two.
- The rally chased the starter.
* chase after
* chase one’s tail
* chase rainbows
* chase the dragon
Perhaps from (etyl) , from (etyl) chasse, from (etyl) capsa.
(en noun )
(printing) A rectangular steel or iron frame into which pages or columns of type are locked for printing or plate making.
Possibly from obsolete French , from (etyl), from Latin capsa, box. V., variant of “enchase”.
(en noun )
A groove cut in an object; a slot: the chase for the quarrel on a crossbow.
(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.
The part of a gun in front of the trunnions.
The cavity of a mold.
(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.
To groove; indent.
To cut (the thread of a screw).
To decorate (metal) by engraving or embossing.
(en noun )
A person or thing (ship, plane, car, etc.) that chases.
* 2007 , David Oatman, Old Favorites, New Fun (page 32)
Originally, a horse used for hunting; now, a horse trained for steeplechasing, a steeplechaser.
* 2002 : Betting for a Living by Nick Mordin – Page 351
- One student is the chaser and the other is the chasee. Give the chasee three seconds to get away and then allow the chaser to attempt to tag the chasee.
* 2003 : American Classic Pedigrees 1914-2002 by Avalyn Hunter – Page 458
- “[I]t looked like The Fellow was the best steeplechaser in many years. He’d earned the best speed rating I’d ever given a chaser .”
* 2004 : Sports Ticket: Live the Action! by Sportsfile – Page 179
- “Wild Risk…had his greatest successes as a steeplechaser rather than a flat racer… It is rare indeed that a ‘chaser – even one as good as wild risk – makes a good flat sire.”
(archaic) A hunter.
Someone who chases metal; a person who decorates metal by engraving or embossing.
* 1863 : The Employments of Women: A Cyclopaedia of Woman’s Work By Virginia Penny
- “Oh, that final furlong! It can be both agony and ecstasy. Anyone who doubts that should have seen the television close-up of Jim Lewis as his great chaser Best Mate came up the final hill at Cheltenham in 2004 to clich a hat-trick of Gold Cups. … Best mate is the best steeplechaser we have seen for years and all being well will be at the Cheltenham Festival again in 2005 to try and make it four Gold Cups.”
- “Mr B., heraldic chaser , says there are several processes in making heraldy plates, sketching, engraving, embossing, chasing and burnishing.” (page 100)
* 1971 : Living Crafts by George Bernard Hughes – page 36
- “H. & C., manufacturers of cloth and gilt buttons, say it requires some weeks to learn to chase the gilt buttons, which are done with small metal tools and a hammer. Chasers are paid by the peice, working ten hours a day, and some can earn $1 a day.”
* 1972 : Silver by Richard Came – Page 7
- “Flat chasing in sunken or low relief is a technique by which the ornament is formed by beating down the ground from the front. This is done in essentially the same manner as repoussé work, where the ornament appears in high relief, but the design is punched from the face of the silver plate. … Sometimes, instead of applying a freehand design, the chaser covers the greased suface with a paper pattern in which the design is pricked with pins.”
A tool used for cleaning out screw threads, either as an integral part of a tap or die to remove waste material produced by the cutting tool, or as a separate tool to repair damaged threads.
* 1894 : Machinery (author(s) unknown) (Page 141)
- “Chasing in general can be distinguised from engraving, in that the design can be seen on the reverse or inside of the pieces. Having outlined the pattern on the surface, the chaser cuts and at the same time slightly depresses the surface. A light hammer can be used in this process also.”
* 1918 : Thread-cutting Methods: A Treatise on the Operation and Use of Various Tools and Machines for forming screw threads… by Franklin Day Jones (Page 32)
- “In Fig. i is shown one of the chasers in the position which it occupies in cutting a thread.”
* 1994 : Handbook of Dimensional Measurement by Francis T. Farago, Mark A. Curtis (p.467)
- “Many screw threads are also finished completely with chasers‘ of this type, although they are not adapted for extremely acurate work unless the teeth are ground after hardening, because the pitch of the ‘ chaser teeth is affected more or less by…”
A mild drink consumed immediately after a drink of hard liquor.
* 1947 : Skiing the Americas , by John Clarkson Jay, p.
- “The category of thread cutting tools inlcudes both the single-point and multiple-point [chaser type] lathe cutters.”
(Israel) A shot of hard liquor.
(logging, obsolete) Someone that follows logs out of the forest in order to signal a yarder engineer to stop them if they become fouled – also called a frogger.
* 1900 : Pamphlets on Logging Equipment [author unknown] – Page 22
- “Cowboys in high-heeled boots teeter along its sidewalks, or push the swinging doors aside for a shot or two — straight, no chaser .”
* 1913 : Logging: The Principles and General Methods of Operation in the United States by Ralph Clement Bryant – Page 219
- “…on one end known as a Bardon choker hook, to facilitate making a loop. It stays tight and makes it unnecessary for the “chaser ” or “choker setter” to follow the “turn” to the landing as might have to be done if tongs are used”
* 1918 : United States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation: Hearing Before the Committee on … by United States Congress. Senate. Committee on Commerce
- “A chaser‘ follows the logs to the landing, often riding in a rigging sled hollowed out of a log, which is attached to the rear log. The ‘ chaser can signal to the road engineer at any point…”
(logging) one who unhooks chokers from the logs at the landing.
* 1956 : Holy Old Mackinaw: A Natural History of the American Lumber- Jack by Stewart Hall Holbrook – Page 184
- “and the chaser is the fellow whose job it is to follow along after these logs to…”
* 1975 : Nobody Here But Us: Pioneers of the North by Fred Moira Farrow – Page 170
- “The rigging slinger” hooks the chokers to the main line’ the ”chaser unhooks them at the spar tree.”
* 1985 : Logging and Pulpwood Production by John Kenneth Pearce, George Stenzel – Pages 242-243
- A chaser was the man who unhooked the logs that were yarded in to the spar tree.
One of a series of adjacent light bulbs that cycle on and off to give the illusion of movement.
(nautical) A chase gun.
- “When the turn arrives at the landing, the chaser‘ directs the engineer where to drop the turn by hand signals. The ‘ chaser then unhooks the chokers, gets in the clear, and singlas to reel in the haulback line”.
- bow chaser”’; stern ”’chaser
* (mild drink) (l)
* ambulance chaser
* prison chaser
* skirt chaser