chase: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (chās), [key]
— v., n. chased, chas•ing,
  1. to pursue in order to seize, overtake, etc.: The police officer chased the thief.
  2. to pursue with intent to capture or kill, as game; hunt: to chase deer.
  3. to follow or devote one's attention to with the hope of attracting, winning, gaining, etc.: He chased her for three years before she consented to marry him.
  4. to drive or expel by force, threat, or harassment: She chased the cat out of the room.
  1. to follow in pursuit: to chase after someone.
  2. to rush or hasten: We spent the weekend chasing around from one store to another.
  1. the act of chasing; pursuit: The chase lasted a day.
  2. an object of pursuit; something chased.
  3. a private game preserve; a tract of privately owned land reserved for, and sometimes stocked with, animals and birds to be hunted.
  4. the right of keeping game or of hunting on the land of others.
  5. a steeplechase.
  6. to pursue: The hunt began and the dogs gave chase.
  7. the sport or occupation of hunting.


Pronunciation: (chās), [key]
— n.
  1. a rectangular iron frame in which composed type is secured or locked for printing or platemaking.
  2. a space or groove in a masonry wall or through a floor for pipes or ducts.
  3. a groove, furrow, or trench; a lengthened hollow.
    1. the part of a gun in front of the trunnions.
    2. the part containing the bore.


Pronunciation: (chās), [key]
— chased, chas•ing.
  1. to ornament (metal) by engraving or embossing.
  2. to cut (a screw thread), as with a chaser or machine tool.


Pronunciation: (chās), [key]
— n.
  1. 1887–1973, U.S. educator, novelist, and essayist.
  2. 1808–73, U.S. jurist and statesman: secretary of the Treasury 1861–64; Chief Justice of the U.S. 1864–73.
  3. 1741–1811, U.S. jurist and leader in the American Revolution: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1796–1811.
  4. 1888–1985, U.S. economist and writer.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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