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catcher

[kach-er] /ˈkætʃ ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that catches.
2.
Baseball. the player stationed behind home plate, whose chief duty is to catch pitches not hit by the batter.
3.
a member of an aerialist team, as in a circus, who hangs head down from a trapeze and catches another member who has completed a jump or somersault through the air.
4.
Metalworking. a person who feeds metal rods through a looping mill.
5.
Electronics. catcher resonator.
See under Klystron.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see catch, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for catcher

catcher

/ˈkætʃə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that catches, esp in a game or sport
2.
(baseball) a fielder who stands behind home plate and catches pitched balls not hit by the batter
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Word Origin and History for catcher
n.

"one who catches," in any sense, mid-14c., agent noun from catch (v.).

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