Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A series of notes blown on a horn as a signal in hunting.
  • v. To blow the recheat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A strain given on the horn to call back the hounds when they have lost track of the game.
  • intransitive v. To blow the recheat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In hunting, a melody which the huntsman winds on the horn to call back the dogs from a wrong course, or to call them off at the close of the hunt; a recall on the horn.
  • In hunting, to play the recheat; call back the hounds by the tones of the recheat on the horn.

Etymologies

Probably from Anglo-Norman; compare Old French racheter ("rally"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Lord Boteler commanded the horns again to sound the recheat, in hopes to call in the stragglers, and said to Fitzallen: “Methinks St. Clere, so distinguished for service in war, should have been more forward in the chase.”

    Waverley

  • --- Prior, that last flourish on the recheat hath added fifty crowns to thy ransom, for corrupting the true old manly blasts of venerie. ''

    Ivanhoe

  • The Lord Boteler commanded the horns again to sound the recheat, in hopes to call in the stragglers, and said to Fitzallen, ` ` Methinks

    The Waverley

  • Lord Boteler commanded the horns again to sound the recheat, in hopes to call in the stragglers, and said to Fitzallen, 'Methinks

    Waverley — Volume 1

  • The time of meeting was appointed at six in the morning, beyond the gate of the outer barricade; and the chase was declared to be ended in the afternoon, when the _recheat_ should be blown beneath the great oak, known by the name of Sholto's Club, which stood a remarkable object, where Douglas Dale was bounded by several scattered trees, the outskirts of the forest and hill country.

    Waverley Novels — Volume 12

  • The Lord Boteler commanded the horns again to sound the recheat, in hopes to call in the stragglers, and said to Fitzallen:

    Waverley

  • That a woman conceived me, I thank her; that she brought me up, I likewise give her most humble thanks: but that I will have a recheat winded in my forehead, or hang my bugle in an invisible baldrick, all women shall pardon me.

    Much Ado About Nothing

  • The time of meeting was appointed at six in the morning, beyond the gate of the outer barricade; and the chase was declared to be ended in the afternoon, when the recheat should be blown beneath the great oak, known by the name of Sholto’s Club, which stood a remarkable object, where Douglas Dale was bounded by several scattered trees, the outskirts of the forest and hill country.

    Castle Dangerous

  • I have been requested by the Press Commissioner to inquire in Government fashion, with pen and ink, as to whether the complaisant proprietor of so many charms desires to have a recheat winded in his forehead, and to hang his bugle in an invisible baldrick; whether it is true in his case that Love's ear will hear the lowest cuckoo note, and that Love's perception of gossip is more soft and sensible than are the tender horns of cockled snails.

    Twenty-One Days in India; and, the Teapot Series

  • Prior, that last flourish on the recheat hath added fifty crowns to thy ransom, for corrupting the true old manly blasts of venerie.”

    Ivanhoe

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