* (l) (Scotland)
To inhabit, or visit frequently (most often used in reference to ghosts).
- A couple of ghosts haunt the old, burnt-down house.
* Jonathan Swift
- You wrong me, sir, thus still to haunt my house.
- those cares that haunt the court and town
To make uneasy, restless.
- Foul spirits haunt my resting place.
To stalk, to follow
- The memory of his past failures haunted him.
To live habitually; to stay, to remain.
* 1526 , William Tyndale, trans. Bible , John XI:
- The policeman haunted him, following him everywhere.
* 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.x:
- Jesus therfore walked no more openly amonge the iewes: butt went his waye thence vnto a countre ny to a wildernes into a cite called effraym, and there haunted with his disciples.
To accustom; habituate; make accustomed to.
- yonder in that wastefull wildernesse / Huge monsters haunt , and many dangers dwell
To practise; to devote oneself to.
- Haunt thyself to pity.
To persist in staying or visiting.
- Leave honest pleasure, and haunt no good pastime.
- I've charged thee not to haunt about my doors.
A place at which one is regularly found; a hangout.
* 1868 , , "Kitty's Class Day":
* 1984 , Timothy Loughran and Natalie Angier, "
- Both Jack and Fletcher had graduated the year before, but still took an interest in their old haunts , and patronized the fellows who were not yet through.
Science: Striking It Rich in Wyoming," Time , 8 Oct.:
(dialect) A ghost.
* 1891 , Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country , Nebraska 2005, p. 93:
- Wyoming has been a favorite haunt of paleontologists for the past century ever since westering pioneers reported that many vertebrate fossils were almost lying on the ground.
A feeding place for animals.
- ‘Harnts don't wander much ginerally,’ he said. ‘They hand round thar own buryin'-groun' mainly.’
[Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.]
From (etyl) chacier, from captio. Akin to catch.
* (l) (obsolete)
The act of one who chases another; a pursuit.
(uncountable) A children's game where one player chases another.
* 1996 , Marla Pender McGhee, Quick & Fun Learning Activities for 1 Year Olds (page 25)
* 2009 , Martin J. Levin, We Were Relentless: A Family's Journey to Overcome Disability (page 41)
- Some children like to be caught when playing chase , and others do not.
(British) A large country estate where game may be shot or hunted.
Anything being chased, especially a vessel in time of war.
- So we played chase up and down the concourses of the airport.
(nautical) Any of the guns that fire directly ahead or astern; either a bow chase or stern chase.
(real tennis) The occurrence of a second bounce by the ball in certain areas of the court, giving the server the chance, later in the game, to "play off" the chase from the receiving end and possibly win the point.
(real tennis) A division of the floor of a gallery, marked by a figure or otherwise; the spot where a ball falls, and between which and the dedans the adversary must drive the ball in order to gain a point.
- Nay, Warwick, seek thee out some other chase , / For I myself must hunt this deer to death.
* cut to the chase
* wild-goose chase
To pursue, to follow at speed.
To give chase; to hunt.
(nautical) To pursue a vessel in order to destroy, capture or interrogate her.
To dilute alcohol.
- to chase around after a doctor
(cricket) To attempt to win by scoring the required number of runs in the final innings.
- Chase vodka with orange juice to make a screwdriver.
(baseball) To swing at a pitch outside of the strike zone, typically an outside pitch
- Australia will be chasing 217 for victory on the final day.
(baseball) To produce enough offense to cause the pitcher to be removed
- Jones chases one out of the zone for strike two.
- The rally chased the starter.
* chase after
* chase one's tail
* chase rainbows
* chase the dragon
Perhaps from (etyl) , from (etyl) chasse, from (etyl) capsa.
(printing) A rectangular steel or iron frame into which pages or columns of type are locked for printing or plate making.
Possibly from obsolete French , from (etyl), from Latin capsa, box. V., variant of “enchase”.
A groove cut in an object; a slot: the chase for the quarrel on a crossbow.
(architecture) A trench or channel for drainpipes or wiring; an hollow space in the wall of a building containing ventilation ducts, chimney flues, wires, cables or plumbing.
The part of a gun in front of the trunnions.
The cavity of a mold.
(shipbuilding) A kind of joint by which an overlap joint is changed to a flush joint by means of a gradually deepening rabbet, as at the ends of clinker-built boats.
To groove; indent.
To cut (the thread of a screw).
To decorate (metal) by engraving or embossing.