Borrowed from Anglo-Norman chacer, Old French chacier, from Late Latin captiāre, present active infinitive of captiō, from Latin captō, frequentative of capiō. Compare French chasser (“to hunt”, “to chase”), Spanish cazar (“to hunt”) , see Norwegian skysse (“to hunt”) . Doublet of catch.
- chace (obsolete)
- The act of one who chases another; a pursuit.
- A hunt.
- (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.
- (Britain) A large country estate where game may be shot or hunted.
- Anything being chased, especially a vessel in time of war.
- (obsolete) A wild animal that is hunted.
- Synonym: game
- 1575, George Gascoigne, The Noble Arte of Venerie of Hunting, London: Christopher Barker, Chapter 40, p. 111,
- c. 1590, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 2, Act V, Scene 2,
- Hold, Warwick, seek thee out some other chase,
- For I myself must hunt this deer to death.
- (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.
- (cycling) One or more riders who are ahead of the peloton and trying to join the race or stage leaders.
- (transitive) To pursue.
- (transitive) To follow at speed.
- (transitive) To hunt.
- (transitive) To seek to attain.
- the team are chasing their first home win this season.
- (transitive) To seek the company of (a member of the opposite sex) in an obvious way.
- He spends all his free time chasing girls.
- (transitive, nautical) To pursue a vessel in order to destroy, capture or interrogate her.
- (transitive) To consume another beverage immediately after drinking hard liquor, typically something better tasting or less harsh such as soda or beer; to use a drink as a chaser
- I need something to chase this shot with.
- (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.
- (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.
- (transitive, baseball) To produce enough offense to cause the pitcher to be removed
- The rally chased the starter.
- For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:chase.
chase (plural chases)
- (printing) A rectangular steel or iron frame into which pages or columns of type are locked for printing or plate-making.
chase (plural chases)
- A groove cut in an object; a slot: the chase for the quarrel on a crossbow.
- (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.
- 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.
- (transitive) To groove; indent.
- (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
- (transitive) To cut (the thread of a screw).
- (transitive) To decorate (metal) by engraving or embossing.