m.e. chase

Chase

[cheys]
noun
1.
Mary Ellen, 1887–1973, U.S. educator, novelist, and essayist.
2.
Salmon Portland [sal-muhn] , 1808–73, U.S. jurist and statesman: secretary of the treasury 1861–64; chief justice of the U.S. 1864–73.
3.
Samuel, 1741–1811, U.S. jurist and leader in the american revolution: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1796–1811.
4.
Stuart, 1888–1985, U.S. economist and writer.
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chase1 (tʃeɪs)
 
vb (often foll by up)
1.  to follow or run after (a person, animal, or goal) persistently or quickly
2.  (tr; often foll by out, away, or off) to force to run (away); drive (out)
3.  informal (tr) to court (a member of the opposite sex) in an unsubtle manner
4.  informal to pursue persistently and energetically in order to obtain results, information, etc: chase up the builders and get a delivery date
5.  informal (intr) to hurry; rush
 
n
6.  the act of chasing; pursuit
7.  any quarry that is pursued
8.  (Brit) an unenclosed area of land where wild animals are preserved to be hunted
9.  (Brit) the right to hunt a particular quarry over the land of others
10.  the chase the act or sport of hunting
11.  short for steeplechase
12.  real tennis a ball that bounces twice, requiring the point to be played again
13.  informal chiefly (US) cut to the chase to start talking about the important aspects of something
14.  give chase to pursue (a person, animal, or thing) actively
 
[C13: from Old French chacier, from Vulgar Latin captiāre (unattested), from Latin captāre to pursue eagerly, from capere to take; see catch]
 
'chaseable1
 
adj

chase2 (tʃeɪs)
 
n
1.  printing a rectangular steel or cast-iron frame into which metal type and blocks making up pages are locked for printing or plate-making
2.  the part of a gun barrel from the front of the trunnions to the muzzle
3.  a groove or channel, esp one that is cut in a wall to take a pipe, cable, etc
 
vb
4.  Also: chamfer to cut a groove, furrow, or flute in (a surface, column, etc)
 
[C17 (in the sense: frame for letterpress matter): probably from French châsse frame (in the sense: bore of a cannon, etc): from Old French chas enclosure, from Late Latin capsus pen for animals; both from Latin capsacase²]

chase3 (tʃeɪs)
 
vb
1.  Also: enchase to ornament (metal) by engraving or embossing
2.  to form or finish (a screw thread) with a chaser
 
[C14: from Old French enchasserenchase]

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chase
c.1300, from O.Fr. chacier "to catch, seize," from V.L. *captiare (see catch). Meaning of "run after" developed c.1350.
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