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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. 2017.
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  • As a catcher of fish the snake-bird is probably without peer.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • Now their third man struck out and the catcher's mask was off.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • He should also back up third on a throw from the catcher, and to this end must be on the look-out for the catcher's signal.

    Base-Ball John M. Ward
  • "Well, he'll have a catcher that can hold him this year," declared the city lad.

  • There must be some sort of bacteria in fish which infect the catcher and impel him to expand facts whether he will or not.

    Through Arctic Lapland Cutcliffe Hyne
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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