Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To follow rapidly in order to catch or overtake; pursue: chased the thief.
  • transitive v. To follow (game) in order to capture or kill; hunt: chase foxes.
  • transitive v. To seek the favor or company of persistently: chased me until I agreed to a date.
  • transitive v. To put to flight; drive: chased the dog away.
  • transitive v. Baseball To cause (an opposing pitcher) to be removed from a game by batting well.
  • intransitive v. To go or follow in pursuit.
  • intransitive v. Informal To go hurriedly; rush: chased all over looking for us.
  • n. The act of chasing; pursuit.
  • n. The hunting of game: the thrill of the chase.
  • n. Something that is hunted or pursued; quarry.
  • n. Chiefly British A privately owned, unenclosed game preserve.
  • n. Chiefly British The right to hunt or keep game on the land of others.
  • idiom give chase To engage in pursuit of quarry: Police gave chase to the speeding car.
  • n. Printing A rectangular steel or iron frame into which pages or columns of type are locked for printing or plate making.
  • n. A groove cut in an object; a slot: the chase for the quarrel on a crossbow.
  • n. A trench or channel for drainpipes or wiring.
  • n. The part of a gun in front of the trunnions.
  • n. The cavity of a mold.
  • transitive v. To groove; indent.
  • transitive v. To cut (the thread of a screw).
  • transitive v. To decorate (metal) by engraving or embossing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The action of the verb "to chase".
  • n. A hunt.
  • n. A children's game where one player chases another.
  • n. A large country estate where game may be shot or hunted.
  • n. Anything being chased, especially a vessel in time of war.
  • n. Any of the guns that fire directly ahead or astern; either a bow chase or stern chase.
  • n. A metal frame in which metal type and blocks are placed and held ready to print by letterpress.
  • n. 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.
  • v. To pursue, to follow at speed.
  • v. To hunt.
  • v. To pursue a vessel in order to destroy, capture or interrogate her
  • v. To attempt to win by scoring the required number of runs in the final innings.
  • v. To swing at a pitch outside of the strike zone, typically an outside pitch
  • v. To produce enough offense to cause the pitcher to be removed
  • n. A rectangular steel or iron frame into which pages or columns of type are locked for printing or plate making.
  • n. A groove cut in an object; a slot: the chase for the quarrel on a crossbow.
  • n. A trench or channel for drainpipes or wiring.
  • n. The part of a gun in front of the trunnions.
  • n. The cavity of a mold.
  • v. To groove; indent.
  • v. To cut (the thread of a screw).
  • v. To decorate (metal) by engraving or embossing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Vehement pursuit for the purpose of killing or capturing, as of an enemy, or game; an earnest seeking after any object greatly desired; the act or habit of hunting; a hunt.
  • n. That which is pursued or hunted.
  • n. An open hunting ground to which game resorts, and which is private properly, thus differing from a forest, which is not private property, and from a park, which is inclosed. Sometimes written chace.
  • n. 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 his ball in order to gain a point.
  • n. A rectangular iron frame in which pages or columns of type are imposed.
  • n. The part of a cannon from the reënforce or the trunnions to the swell of the muzzle. See Cannon.
  • n. A groove, or channel, as in the face of a wall; a trench, as for the reception of drain tile.
  • n. 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.
  • intransitive v. To give chase; to hunt.
  • transitive v. To pursue for the purpose of killing or taking, as an enemy, or game; to hunt.
  • transitive v. To follow as if to catch; to pursue; to compel to move on; to drive by following; to cause to fly; -- often with away or off.
  • transitive v. To pursue eagerly, as hunters pursue game.
  • transitive v. To ornament (a surface of metal) by embossing, cutting away parts, and the like.
  • transitive v. To cut, so as to make a screw thread.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pursue for the purpose of capturing or killing, as game; hunt.
  • To pursue for any purpose; follow earnestly, especially with hostile intent; drive off by pursuing: as, to chase an enemy.
  • To pursue; continue.
  • To pursue; follow in pursuit.
  • Specifically Of a hunting-dog, to leave a point for the purpose of pursuing the game. To move briskly or steadily along; hasten: as, the dog kept chasing ahead of us.
  • To decorate (metal-work, especially work in the precious metals) by tooling of any kind on the exterior.
  • To cut so as to make into a screw; cut, as the thread of a screw.
  • To push the bottle toward one and thus call upon him to fill up his glass.
  • To exceed a given customary standard of production.
  • n. Pursuit for the purpose of obtaining, capturing, or killing; specifically, hunting: as, to be fond of the chase; beasts of the chase.
  • n. Pursuit, as of one's desires; eager efforts to attain or obtain: as, the chase of pleasure, profit, fame, etc.
  • n. That which is pursued or hunted
  • n. A vessel pursued by another: as, the chase outsailed us.
  • n. The body of men pursuing game.
  • n. An open piece of ground or other place reserved for animals to be hunted as game, and belonging to a private proprietor: properly differing from a forest, in that the latter is not private property and is invested with privileges, and from a park, in that the latter is inclosed.
  • n. In the game of tennis, the spot where a ball falls, beyond which an opponent must strike his ball or lose a point.
  • n. In old English law, a franchise authorizing a subject to whom it was granted to hunt
  • n. In printing, a square and open framework of iron, in which forms of type are secured by furniture and quoins for moving and for working on the press.
  • n. The part of a gun between the trunnions and the swell of the muzzle, or, in modern guns in which the muzzle has no swell, the whole of that part of the gun which is in front of the trunnions.
  • n. A groove cut in any object: as, the chase of a water-wheel; a chase in the face of a wall of masonry; the chase or groove for the arrow in a crossbow.
  • n. In ship-building, that kind of joint by which the overlapping joints of clincher-built boats are gradually converted at the stem and stern into flush joints, as in carvel-built boats.
  • n. The circular trough of a cider-mill, in which the apples are placed to be crushed by a revolving stone called the runner.
  • n. A trench made to receive drain-tiles.
  • n. The conical apex of a spinning-machine cop or bobbin, or the extent of the traverse of the winding-faller wire on a spinning-mule. Sometimes called the nose.
  • n. In carpentry, a score or shallow cut in a mortise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cut a groove into
  • v. cut a furrow into a columns
  • n. the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture
  • n. a rectangular metal frame used in letterpress printing to hold together the pages or columns of composed type that are printed at one time
  • n. United States politician and jurist who served as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1808-1873)
  • v. go after with the intent to catch
  • v. pursue someone sexually or romantically

Etymologies

Middle English chasen, to hunt, from Old French chacier, from Vulgar Latin *captiāre, from Latin captāre, to catch; see catch.
Perhaps from French châsse, case, reliquary, from Old French chasse, from Latin capsa.
Possibly from obsolete French chas, groove, enclosure, from Old French, from Latin capsa, box. V., variant of enchase.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French chacier, from Late Latin captio. Akin to catch. (Wiktionary)
Perhaps from French châsse ("case”, “reliquary"), from Old French chasse, from Latin capsa. (Wiktionary)
Possibly from obsolete French chas ("groove”, “enclosure"), from Old French, from Latin capsa, box. V., variant of “enchase”. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mansell was third in the title chase with Piquet fourth, the top four covered by 17 points.

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  • As the sport's most popular driver, his participation in the title chase raises the profile of the 10-race series.

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  • The British driver, who was representing his McLaren team at the fourth annual Moscow City Racing show, is 95 points behind Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel in the title chase as the season reaches the halfway stage.

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  • There were 19 rounds last year, one of the closest-fought championships on record with an unprecedented four drivers still mathematically in the title chase at the final race in Abu

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  • Brookes, riding HM Plant Honda, goes into these races sensing that he can take the lead in the title chase for the first time, having closed within four points of Hill who has had a problematic last two rounds.

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  • Despite currently languishing a lowly eighth in the title chase - a full 42 points adrift of F1 2010 World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton - Ferrari star

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  • Levi looked like he might play himself out of the title chase Saturday.

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  • Force India now sitting pretty in a very solid sixth spot in the title chase, and the

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  • Deer Valley also catches a break in the title chase because two-time champion Peoria Sunrise Mountain is now in 4A-I.

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  • Mark Cronje and Robert Paisley are fourth in the title chase and will now be expected to support Gemmell's title aspirations while, in the VW camp, Hergen Fekken and Pierre Arries, double defending champions and winners of the opening round in kwaZulu-Natal - are out of title contention after recording three consecutive non-finishes.

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