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catch

1. a game in which a ball is thrown from one player to another
2. Cricket the catching of a ball struck by a batsman before it touches the ground, resulting in him being out
3. Music a type of round popular in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, having a humorous text that is often indecent or bawdy and hard to articulate

catch

[kach]
(design engineering)
A device used for fastening a door or gate and usually operated manually from only one side, for example, a latch.

catch

A device for fastening a door or gate; usually opened manually from one side only.
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Louis for a few weeks, and at last temptation caught him again.
Miss Garth caught her before she fell -- caught her, and turned upon the man, with the wife's swooning body in her arms, to hear the husband's fate.
During the last few weeks, since he had lost his money, he had contracted the habit of opening his door and looking out from time to time, as if he thought that his money might be somehow coming back to him, or that some trace, some news of it, might be mysteriously on the road, and be caught by the listening ear or the straining eye.
And there at the edge of the pool floated the drowned ox, its foot caught in a forked root.
And as he sprang forward to take hold of the Doctor, one of his ears caught fast in a tree; and the rest of the army had to stop and help him.
Sea Catch had just finished his forty-fifth fight one spring when Matkah, his soft, sleek, gentle-eyed wife, came up out of the sea, and he caught her by the scruff of the neck and dumped her down on his reservation, saying gruffly: "Late as usual.
Jeremy liked getting his feet wet; nobody ever scolded him, and he never caught a cold!
He came down out of the tangle of ropes under the stays of the smashed bowsprit, some small rope caught his heel as he let go, and he hung for a moment head downward, and then fell and struck a block or spar floating in the water.
It is as if your feet had been caught in an imponderable snare; you feel the balance of your body threatened, and the steady poise of your mind is destroyed at once.
He slipped it through a loop of rope at the dory's bow, caught Dan's tackle, hooked it to the stern-becket, and clambered into the schooner.
She, however, caught at his cap and pulled it off, and then his golden hair rolled down on his shoulders, and it was splendid to behold.
Anybody can come in and say, "Oh, I caught fifteen dozen perch yesterday evening;" or "Last Monday I landed a gudgeon, weighing eighteen pounds, and measuring three feet from the tip to the tail.