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catching


  4  definitions  found 
 
  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]: 
 
  Catching  \Catch"ing\  a. 
  1.  Infectious;  contagious. 
 
  2.  Captivating;  alluring. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Catching  \Catch"ing\,  n. 
  The  act  of  seizing  or  taking  hold  of 
 
  {Catching  bargain}  (Law),  a  bargain  made  with  an  heir 
  expectant  for  the  purchase  of  his  expectancy  at  an 
  inadequate  price.  --Bouvier. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  catching 
  adj  :  (of  disease)  capable  of  being  transmitted  by  infection  [syn: 
  {communicable},  {contagious},  {contractable},  {transmissible}, 
  {transmittable}] 
  n  1:  playing  the  position  of  catcher  on  a  baseball  team 
  2:  the  act  of  detecting  something  catching  sight  of  something 
  [syn:  {detection},  {espial},  {spying},  {spotting}] 
  3:  becomeing  infected;  "catching  cold  is  sometimes 
  unavoidable";  "the  contracting  of  a  serious  illness  can  be 
  financially  catastrophic"  [syn:  {contracting}] 




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