Catch, n. 1. Act of seizing; a grasp. Sir P. Sidney.
2. That by which anything is caught or temporarily fastened; as, the
catch of a gate.
3. The posture of seizing; a state of preparation to lay hold of, or of watching he opportunity to seize; as, to lie on the
The common and the canon law . . . lie at catch, and wait advantages one againt another.T. Fuller.
4. That which is caught or taken; profit; gain; especially, the whole quantity caught or taken at one time; as, a good
catch of fish.
Hector shall have a great catch if he knock out either of your brains.Shak.
5. Something desirable to be caught, esp. a husband or wife in matrimony.
6. pl. Passing opportunities seized; snatches.
It has been writ by catches with many intervals.Locke.
7. A slight remembrance; a trace.
We retain a catch of those pretty stories.Glanvill.
(Mus.) A humorous canon or round, so contrived that the singers catch up each other's words.
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