chasing

[ chey-sing ]
/ ˈtʃeɪ sɪŋ /

noun

a design chased on metal.
an object decorated by chasing.

Origin of chasing

First recorded in 1825–35; chase3 + -ing1

Definition for chasing (2 of 3)

Origin of chase

1
1250–1300; Middle English chacen < Middle French chasser to hunt, Old French chacier < Vulgar Latin *captiāre; see catch

Related forms

chase·a·ble, adjective

Can be confused

celibate chased chaste chest

Definition for chasing (3 of 3)

chase

3
[ cheys ]
/ tʃeɪs /

verb (used with object), chased, chas·ing.

to ornament (metal) by engraving or embossing.
to cut (a screw thread), as with a chaser or machine tool.

Origin of chase

3
1400–50; late Middle English chased (past participle); aphetic variant of enchase
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British Dictionary definitions for chasing (1 of 3)

chase

1
/ (tʃeɪs) /

verb

noun

Derived Forms

chaseable, adjective

Word Origin for chase

C13: from Old French chacier, from Vulgar Latin captiāre (unattested), from Latin captāre to pursue eagerly, from capere to take; see catch

British Dictionary definitions for chasing (2 of 3)

chase

2
/ (tʃeɪs) /

noun

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

verb (tr)

Also: chamfer to cut a groove, furrow, or flute in (a surface, column, etc)

Word Origin for chase

C17 (in the sense: frame for letterpress matter): probably from French châsse frame (in the sense: bore of a cannon, etc): from Old French chas enclosure, from Late Latin capsus pen for animals; both from Latin capsa case ²

British Dictionary definitions for chasing (3 of 3)

chase

3
/ (tʃeɪs) /

verb (tr)

Also: enchase to ornament (metal) by engraving or embossing
to form or finish (a screw thread) with a chaser

Word Origin for chase

C14: from Old French enchasser enchase
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Idioms and Phrases with chasing

chase


see ambulance chaser; cut to the chase; give chase; go fly a kite (chase yourself); lead a merry chase; run (chase) after; wild goose chase.

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