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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Catch  \Catch\,  n. 
  1.  Act  of  seizing;  a  grasp.  --Sir  P.  Sidney. 
 
  2.  That  by  which  anything  is  caught  or  temporarily  fastened; 
  as  the  catch  of  a  gate. 
 
  3.  The  posture  of  seizing;  a  state  of  preparation  to  lay  hold 
  of  or  of  watching  he  opportunity  to  seize;  as  to  lie  on 
  the  catch.  [Archaic]  --Addison. 
 
  The  common  and  the  canon  law  .  .  .  lie  at  catch,  and 
  wait  advantages  one  againt  another.  --T.  Fuller. 
 
  4.  That  which  is  caught  or  taken  profit;  gain;  especially, 
  the  whole  quantity  caught  or  taken  at  one  time;  as  a  good 
  catch  of  fish. 
 
  Hector  shall  have  a  great  catch  if  he  knock  out 
  either  of  your  brains.  --Shak. 
 
  5.  Something  desirable  to  be  caught,  esp.  a  husband  or  wife 
  in  matrimony.  [Colloq.]  --Marryat. 
 
  6.  pl  Passing  opportunities  seized;  snatches. 
 
  It  has  been  writ  by  catches  with  many  intervals. 
  --Locke. 
 
  7.  A  slight  remembrance;  a  trace. 
 
  We  retain  a  catch  of  those  pretty  stories. 
  --Glanvill. 
 
  8.  (Mus.)  A  humorous  canon  or  round,  so  contrived  that  the 
  singers  catch  up  each  other's  words 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Catch  \Catch\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Caught}or  {Catched};  p.  pr 
  &  vb  n.  {Catching}.  Catched  is  rarely  used.]  [OE.  cacchen 
  OF  cachier,  dialectic  form  of  chacier  to  hunt,  F.  chasser, 
  fr  (assumend)  LL  captiare  for  L.  capture,  V.  intens.  of 
  capere  to  take  catch.  See  {Capacious},  and  cf  {Chase}, 
  {Case}  a  box.] 
  1.  To  lay  hold  on  to  seize,  especially  with  the  hand;  to 
  grasp  anything  in  motion,  with  the  effect  of  holding; 
  as  to  catch  a  ball. 
 
  2.  To  seize  after  pursuing;  to  arrest;  as  to  catch  a  thief. 
  ``They  pursued  .  .  .  and  caught  him.''  --Judg.  i.  6. 
 
  3.  To  take  captive,  as  in  a  snare  or  net,  or  on  a  hook;  as 
  to  catch  a  bird  or  fish. 
 
  4.  Hence:  To  insnare;  to  entangle.  ``To  catch  him  in  his 
  words''.  --Mark  xii.  13. 
 
  5.  To  seize  with  the  senses  or  the  mind;  to  apprehend;  as  to 
  catch  a  melody.  ``Fiery  thoughts  .  .  .  whereof  I  catch  the 
  issue.''  --Tennyson. 
 
  6.  To  communicate  to  to  fasten  upon  as  the  fire  caught  the 
  adjoining  building. 
 
  7.  To  engage  and  attach;  to  please;  to  charm. 
 
  The  soothing  arts  that  catch  the  fair.  --Dryden. 
 
  8.  To  get  possession  of  to  attain. 
 
  Torment  myself  to  catch  the  English  throne.  --Shak. 
 
  9.  To  take  or  receive;  esp.  to  take  by  sympathy,  contagion, 
  infection,  or  exposure;  as  to  catch  the  spirit  of  an 
  occasion;  to  catch  the  measles  or  smallpox;  to  catch  cold; 
  the  house  caught  fire. 
 
  10.  To  come  upon  unexpectedly  or  by  surprise;  to  find  as  to 
  catch  one  in  the  act  of  stealing. 
 
  11.  To  reach  in  time;  to  come  up  with  as  to  catch  a  train. 
 
  {To  catch  fire},  to  become  inflamed  or  ignited. 
 
  {to  catch  it}  to  get  a  scolding  or  beating;  to  suffer 
  punishment.  [Colloq.] 
 
  {To  catch  one's  eye},  to  interrupt  captiously  while  speaking. 
  [Colloq.]  ``You  catch  me  up  so  very  short.''  --Dickens. 
 
  {To  catch  up},  to  snatch;  to  take  up  suddenly. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Catch  \Catch\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  attain  possession.  [Obs.] 
 
  Have  is  have  however  men  do  catch.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  be  held  or  impeded  by  entanglement  or  a  light 
  obstruction;  as  a  kite  catches  in  a  tree;  a  door  catches 
  so  as  not  to  open 
 
  3.  To  take  hold  as  the  bolt  does  not  catch. 
 
  4.  To  spread  by  or  as  by  infecting;  to  communicate. 
 
  Does  the  sedition  catch  from  man  to  man?  --Addison. 
 
  {To  catch  at},  to  attempt  to  seize;  to  be  eager  to  get  or 
  use  ``[To]  catch  at  all  opportunities  of  subverting  the 
  state.''  --Addison. 
 
  {To  catch  up  with},  to  come  up  with  to  overtake. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  catch 
  n  1:  a  hidden  drawback;  "it  sounds  good  but  what's  the  catch?" 
  2:  the  quantity  that  was  caught;  "the  catch  was  only  10  fish" 
  [syn:  {haul}] 
  3:  a  person  regarded  as  a  good  matrimonial  prospect  [syn:  {match}] 
  4:  anything  that  is  caught  (especially  if  it  is  worth 
  catching);  "he  shared  his  catch  with  the  others" 
  5:  a  break  or  check  in  the  voice  (usually  a  sign  of  strong 
  emotion) 
  6:  a  restraint  that  checks  the  motion  of  something  "he  used  a 
  book  as  a  stop  to  hold  the  door  open"  [syn:  {stop}] 
  7:  a  fastener  that  fastens  or  locks  a  door  or  window 
  8:  a  cooperative  game  in  which  a  ball  is  passed  back  and  forth; 
  "he  played  catch  with  his  son  in  the  backyard" 
  9:  the  act  of  catching  an  object  with  the  hands;  "Mays  made  the 
  catch  with  his  back  to  the  plate"  [syn:  {grab},  {snatch}, 
  {snap}] 
  10:  the  act  of  apprehending  (especially  apprehending  a 
  criminal);  "the  policeman  on  the  beat  got  credit  for  the 
  collar"  [syn:  {apprehension},  {arrest},  {collar},  {pinch}, 
  {taking  into  custody}] 
  v  1:  discover  or  come  upon  accidentally,  suddenly,  or 
  unexpectedly;  catch  somebody  doing  something  or  in  a 
  certain  state:  "She  caught  her  son  eating  candy";  "She 
  was  caught  shoplifting" 
  2:  perceive  with  the  senses  quickly,  suddenly,  or  momentarily; 
  "I  caught  the  aroma  of  coffee";  "He  caught  the  allusion  in 
  her  glance";  "ears  open  to  catch  every  sound";  "The  dog 
  picked  up  the  scent";  "Catch  a  glimpse"  [syn:  {pick  up}] 
  3:  reach  with  a  blow  or  hit  in  a  particular  spot:  "the  rock 
  caught  her  in  the  back  of  the  head";  "The  blow  got  him  in 
  the  back";  "The  punch  caught  him  in  the  stomach"  [syn:  {get}] 
  4:  take  hold  of  so  as  to  seize  or  restrain  or  stop  the  motion 
  of  "Catch  the  ball!"  "Grab  the  elevator  door!"  [syn:  {grab}, 
  {take  hold  of}] 
  5:  succeed  in  catching  or  seizing,  ,  esp.  after  a  chase;  "We 
  finally  got  the  suspect";  "Did  you  catch  the  thief?"  [syn: 
  {get},  {capture}] 
  6:  to  hook  or  entangle:  "One  foot  caught  in  the  stirrup"  [syn: 
  {hitch}]  [ant:  {unhitch}] 
  7:  attract  and  fix;  "His  look  caught  her";  "She  caught  his 
  eye";  "Catch  the  attention  of  the  waiter"  [syn:  {arrest}, 
  {get}] 
  8:  capture  as  if  by  hunting,  snaring,  or  trapping;  "I  caught  a 
  rabbit  in  the  trap  toady"  [syn:  {capture}] 
  9:  reach  in  time;  "I  have  to  catch  a  train  at  7  o'clock" 
  10:  get  or  regain  something  necessary,  usualle  quickly  or 
  briefly;  "Catch  some  sleep";  "catch  one's  breath" 
  11:  catch  up  with  and  possibly  overtake;  "The  Rolls  Royce  caught 
  us  near  the  exit  ramp"  [syn:  {overtake},  {catch  up  with}] 
  12:  be  struck  or  affected  by  "catch  fire",  "catch  the  mood", 
  etc 
  13:  check  oneself  during  an  action  "She  managed  to  catch 
  herself  before  telling  her  boss  what  was  on  her  mind" 
  14:  hear,  usually  without  the  knowledge  of  the  speakers;  "We 
  overheard  the  conversation  at  the  next  table"  [syn:  {take 
  in},  {overhear}] 
  15:  see  or  watch;  "view  a  show  on  television";  "This  program 
  will  be  seen  all  over  the  world";  "view  an  exhibition"; 
  "Catch  a  show  on  Brodaway"  [syn:  {watch},  {view},  {see}, 
  {take  in}] 
  16:  cause  to  become  accidentally  or  suddenly  caught,  ensnared, 
  or  entangled;  "I  caught  the  hem  of  my  dress  in  the 
  brambles" 
  17:  detect  a  blunder  or  misstep:  "The  reporter  tripped  up  the 
  senator"  [syn:  {trip  up}] 
  18:  grasp  with  the  mind;  "did  you  catch  that  allusion?";  "We 
  caught  something  of  his  theory  in  the  lecture";  "  don't 
  catch  your  meaning";  "did  you  get  it?"  "She  didn't  get 
  the  joke"  [syn:  {get}] 
  19:  contract;  "did  you  catch  a  cold?" 
  20:  start  burning;  "the  fire  caught" 
  21:  perceive  by  hearing;  "I  didn't  catch  your  name";  "She  didn't 
  get  his  name  when  they  met  the  first  time"  [syn:  {get}] 
  22:  suffer  from  the  receipt  of  "She  will  catch  hell  for  this 
  behavior!"  [syn:  {get}] 
  23:  attract;  cause  to  be  enamored;  "She  captured  all  the  men's 
  hearts"  [syn:  {capture},  {enamour},  {trance},  {becharm}, 
  {enamor},  {captivate},  {beguile},  {charm},  {fascinate},  {bewitch}, 
  {entrance},  {enchant}] 
  24:  apprehend  and  reproduce  accurately;  "She  really  caught  the 
  spirit  of  the  place  in  her  drawings";  "She  got  the  mood 
  just  right  in  her  photographs"  [syn:  {get}] 
  25:  spread  or  be  communicated;  "The  fashion  did  not  catch" 
  26:  be  the  catcher,  in  baseball;  "Who  is  catching?" 
  27:  become  aware  of  "he  caught  her  staring  out  the  window" 
  28:  delay  or  hold  up  prevent  from  proceeding  on  schedule  or  as 
  planned;  "I  was  caught  in  traffic  and  missed  the  meeting" 




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