Catch

Catch

, n. 1. Act of seizing; a grasp. Sir P. Sidney.
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2. That by which anything is caught or temporarily fastened; as, the catch of a gate.
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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 catch. [Archaic] Addison.
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The common and the canon law . . . lie at catch, and wait advantages one againt another.
T. Fuller.
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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.
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Hector shall have a great catch if he knock out either of your brains.
Shak.
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5. Something desirable to be caught, esp. a husband or wife in matrimony. [Colloq.] Marryat.
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6. pl. Passing opportunities seized; snatches.
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It has been writ by catches with many intervals.
Locke.
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7. A slight remembrance; a trace.
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We retain a catch of those pretty stories.
Glanvill.
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8. (Mus.) A humorous canon or round, so contrived that the singers catch up each other's words.
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