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[kach-er] /ˈkætʃ ər/
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
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at catch, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Well, he'll have a catcher that can hold him this year," declared the city lad.

  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for catcher


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for catcher

"one who catches," in any sense, mid-14c., agent noun from catch (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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