- a person or thing that catches.
- Baseball. the player stationed behind home plate, whose chief duty is to catch pitches not hit by the batter.
- a member of an aerialist team, as in a circus, who hangs head down from a trapeze and catches another member who has completed a jump or somersault through the air.
- Metalworking. a person who feeds metal rods through a looping mill.
- Electronics. catcher resonator.See under Klystron.
Origin of catcher
Examples from the Web for catcher
Confusion over the catcher's eye black is just the tip of the iceberg for this befuddled limey.Viral Video of the Day: Bad British MLB Commentary
Alex Chancey, Ben Teitelbaum
May 7, 2014
As far as seeing the target, the catcher put tape on his fingers so I could see the signals.‘No No,’ a Documentary on MLB Pitcher Dock Ellis, Who Pitched a No-Hitter While Tripping on Acid
February 5, 2014
"The creator of Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye would not be pleased," USA Today.What the Leaked J.D. Salinger Stories Reveal About the Author
November 30, 2013
But then, in 1951, A Catcher in the Rye was published, and Salinger became a celebrity.What We Really Know about J.D. Salinger
September 9, 2013
For me, reading Middlemarch or Sentimental Education is work, whereas Catcher in the Rye was pure pleasure.Woody Allen's Favorite Books
May 6, 2011
"Well, he'll have a catcher that can hold him this year," declared the city lad.Rival Pitchers of Oakdale
Smithers was between him and the plate, and he could not see the catcher.Frank Merriwell's Cruise
Burt L. Standish
Now their third man struck out and the catcher's mask was off.Stanford Stories
Charles K. Field
The tiger is the catcher, and the deer is the one that is caught.The Wonders of the Jungle
Prince Sarath Ghosh
Elevating his voice, Addison then called out, "Catcher, do your duty!"When Life Was Young
C. A. Stephens
- a person or thing that catches, esp in a game or sport
- baseball a fielder who stands behind home plate and catches pitched balls not hit by the batter
Word Origin and History for catcher
"one who catches," in any sense, mid-14c., agent noun from catch (v.).