- a design chased on metal.
- an object decorated by chasing.
Origin of chasing
- to pursue in order to seize, overtake, etc.: The police officer chased the thief.
- to pursue with intent to capture or kill, as game; hunt: to chase deer.
- 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.
- to drive or expel by force, threat, or harassment: She chased the cat out of the room.
- to follow in pursuit: to chase after someone.
- to rush or hasten: We spent the weekend chasing around from one store to another.
- the act of chasing; pursuit: The chase lasted a day.
- an object of pursuit; something chased.
- Chiefly British. a private game preserve; a tract of privately owned land reserved for, and sometimes stocked with, animals and birds to be hunted.
- British. the right of keeping game or of hunting on the land of others.
- a steeplechase.
- the chase, the sport or occupation of hunting.
- give chase, to pursue: The hunt began and the dogs gave chase.
- cut to the chase, Informal. to get to the main point.
Origin of chase1
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- to ornament (metal) by engraving or embossing.
- to cut (a screw thread), as with a chaser or machine tool.
Origin of chase3
Examples from the Web for chasing
For Sternberg, living in New York is not possible if you are chasing after some idea of the city.Writers to New York: I Wish I Knew How to Quit You
December 1, 2014
You were really the first person to give him a juicy leading role, in Chasing Amy.Kevin Smith's Marijuanaissance: On 'Tusk,' 'Falling Out' with Ben Affleck, and 20 Years of 'Clerks'
September 9, 2014
He said he was chasing a good story, but kept the specifics close to his chest.Was U.S. Journalist Steven Sotloff a Marked Man?
September 2, 2014
But trying to impose such order by chasing away informal commerce and culture is myopic.Great Cities are Born Filthy
July 13, 2014
The wages are low and the working conditions difficult, all in the service of chasing what for most will be an impossible dream.
The hounds could not run; one died from sunstroke while chasing a jack rabbit.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
"Anyhow, they're chasing the German aroplane off," Tubby declared.The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields
Lieut. Howard Payson
All day long his wife was screaming at them and chasing them with her broom.L'Assommoir
He had been chasing her for his answer, and she had escaped him through a gate.The Manxman
They went on and on, and there, on the borders of a forest, some hounds were chasing a fox.Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales
- to follow or run after (a person, animal, or goal) persistently or quickly
- (tr; often foll by out, away, or off) to force to run (away); drive (out)
- (tr) informal to court (a member of the opposite sex) in an unsubtle manner
- (tr often foll by up) informal to pursue persistently and energetically in order to obtain results, information, etcchase up the builders and get a delivery date
- (intr) informal to hurry; rush
- the act of chasing; pursuit
- any quarry that is pursued
- British an unenclosed area of land where wild animals are preserved to be hunted
- British the right to hunt a particular quarry over the land of others
- the chase the act or sport of hunting
- short for steeplechase
- real tennis a ball that bounces twice, requiring the point to be played again
- cut to the chase informal, mainly US to start talking about the important aspects of something
- give chase to pursue (a person, animal, or thing) actively
- printing a rectangular steel or cast-iron frame into which metal type and blocks making up pages are locked for printing or plate-making
- the part of a gun barrel from the front of the trunnions to the muzzle
- a groove or channel, esp one that is cut in a wall to take a pipe, cable, etc
- Also: chamfer to cut a groove, furrow, or flute in (a surface, column, etc)
- Also: enchase to ornament (metal) by engraving or embossing
- to form or finish (a screw thread) with a chaser
Word Origin and History for chasing
mid-13c., chace, "a hunt," from Old French chace "a hunt, a chase; hunting ground" (12c.), from chacier (see chase (v.)). Meaning "a pursuit" (of an enemy, etc.) is early 14c.
"bore of a gun barrel," 1640s, from French chas "eye of a needle; enclosure," from Vulgar Latin *capsum, variant of Latin capsa "box" (see case (n.2)).
c.1300, chacen "to hunt; to cause to go away; put to flight," from Old French chacier "to hunt, ride swiftly, strive for" (12c., Modern French chasser), from Vulgar Latin *captiare (source of Italian cacciare, Catalan casar, Spanish cazar, Portuguese caçar "to chase, hunt;" see catch (v.)).
Meaning "run after" developed mid-14c. Related: Chased; chasing. Older European words for "pursue" often also cover "persecute" (e.g. Greek dioko, Old English ehtan); modern ones often derive from words used primarily for the hunting of animals.