American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To converse in an easy, familiar manner; talk lightly and casually.
- v. Computer Science To participate in a synchronous exchange of remarks with one or more people over a computer network.
- n. An informal, light conversation.
- n. Computer Science A synchronous exchange of remarks over a computer network.
- n. Any of several birds known for their chattering call, as of the genera Saxicola or Icteria.
- chat up To engage (someone) in light, casual talk: "He would be . . . chatting up folks from Kansas” ( Vanity Fair).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To converse in a familiar manner; talk without form or ceremony.
- To talk of; converse about.
- n. Free, informal speech; familiar conversation.
- n. Idle talk; chatter.
- n. Synonyms See prattle, n.
- n. A name of several different birds. Any bird of the family Saxicolidœ, as a stonechat, whinchat, or wheatear. There are many species, chiefly African Specifically, the yellow-breasted chat of the United States, an oscine passerine bird, Icteria virens, of the family Mniotiltidœ. It is about 7½ inches long, green above, white below, has a golden-yellow breast, and is remarkable for the volubility and mimicry of its song, as well as for the evolutions which the male performs on the wing during the mating season.
- n. A cat. See cat.
- n. A catkin.
- n. A key or samara of the ash or maple.
- n. A twig; a little stick; a fragment.
- n. A child.
- n. Impudence or impudent talk.
- n. The point or question to be settled.
- n. A small potato of inferior quality.
- n. A small piece of coal.
- n. In mining, a piece of ore with stone adhering to it; in the plural (also singular), ore in this state (usually called in the United States raggings): a middle product made in the concentration of ore, consisting of particles of gangue containing included grains of valuable mineral.
- n. plural The tailings or waste product from the concentration of ore.
- n. mining, local use Mining waste from lead and zinc mines.
- v. To be engaged in informal conversation.
- v. To talk more than a few words.
- v. To exchange text or voice messages in real time through a computer network, as if having a face-to-face conversation.
- n. uncountable Informal conversation.
- n. A conversation to stop an argument or settle situations.
- n. An exchange of text or voice messages in real time through a computer network, resembling a face-to-face conversation.
- n. Any of various small Old World passerine birds in the subfamily Saxicolini that feed on insects.
- n. UK, slang A louse.
- n. small potatoes, such as are given to swine
- n. Alternative form of chaat.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To talk in a light and familiar manner; to converse without form or ceremony; to gossip.
- v. obsolete To talk of.
- n. Light, familiar talk; conversation; gossip.
- n. (Zoöl.) A bird of the genus Icteria, allied to the warblers, in America. The best known species are the yellow-breasted chat (Icteria viridis), and the long-tailed chat (Icteria longicauda). In Europe the name is given to several birds of the family
Saxicolidæ, as the stonechat, and whinchat.
- n. A twig, cone, or little branch. See chit.
- n. (Mining) Small stones with ore.
- v. talk socially without exchanging too much information
- n. songbirds having a chattering call
- n. an informal conversation
- n. birds having a chattering call
- Origin unknown. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English chatten, to jabber, alteration of chateren; see chatter. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Monitor and record all popular Instant Messenger chat or web chat* on your local network automatically and secretly!”
“I use the word chat because our conversations were characterized by a silent code: keep it pseudo-lite.”
“I use the term chat, but really the underlying protocol is XMPP, formerly referred to as Jabber, but calling it your XMPP provider would be the same as calling your email provider your SMTP/POP/IMAP provider; while true, it's just not true in any way that helps the conversation. data portability”
“I don't want to imply that you're only writing female characters because that scene that we hear at the top of our chat is a torturous interrogation scene undertaken by the FBI.”
“Inviting others into the chat is as simple as sending them a human-readable URL, and nobody has to sign up or answer an invitation email.”
“This is what you call a chat with dad in the Oval Office.”
“This is what you call a chat with dad in the oval office.”
“Most of this chat is about last January, and I want to bring a vehicle in in September.”
“For example, as the paper reports about the 3/29/05 chat: This chat is the second of two where the participants engaged in online sex.”
“You will be notified when your chat is accepted by an agent.”
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