Stern chase
Chase Chase, n. [Cf. F. chasse, fr. chasser. See {Chase}, v.] 1. Vehement pursuit for the purpose of killing or capturing, as of an enemy, or game; an earnest seeking after any object greatly desired; the act or habit of hunting; a hunt. ``This mad chase of fame.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

You see this chase is hotly followed. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is pursued or hunted. [1913 Webster]

Nay, Warwick, seek thee out some other chase, For I myself must hunt this deer to death. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. An open hunting ground to which game resorts, and which is private properly, thus differing from a forest, which is not private property, and from a park, which is inclosed. Sometimes written chace. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

4. (Court 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 his ball in order to gain a point. [1913 Webster]

{Chase gun} (Naut.), a cannon placed at the bow or stern of an armed vessel, and used when pursuing an enemy, or in defending the vessel when pursued.

{Chase port} (Naut.), a porthole from which a chase gun is fired.

{Stern chase} (Naut.), a chase in which the pursuing vessel follows directly in the wake of the vessel pursued.

{cut to the chase} (Film), a term used in action movies meaning, to shift the scene to the most exciting part, where someone is being chased. It is used metaphorically to mean ``get to the main point''. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Stern chase — Stern Stern, a. Being in the stern, or being astern; as, the stern davits. [1913 Webster] {Stern board} (Naut.), a going or falling astern; a loss of way in making a tack; as, to make a stern board. See {Board}, n., 8 (b) . {Stern chase}. (Naut.) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stern-chase — sternˈ chase noun A chase in which one ship follows directly in the wake of another • • • Main Entry: ↑stern …   Useful english dictionary

  • stern chase — noun Etymology: stern (V) 1. : a chase in which the pursuing vessel follows in the path of the vessel pursued a stern chase is a long chase 2. : stern chaser * * * stern chase, a chase in which the pursuing ship is di …   Useful english dictionary

  • stern chase — /ˈstɜn tʃeɪs/ (say stern chays) noun a chase in which the pursuing vessel follows in the wake of the other or astern of it …   Australian English dictionary

  • stern chase — noun Etymology: 2stern Date: 1627 a chase in which a pursuing ship follows in the path of another …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • a stern chase is a long chase — A stern chase is one in which the pursuing ship follows directly in the wake of the pursued. 1823 J. F. COOPER Pilot xv. ‘If we can once get him in our wake I have no fears of dropping them all.’ ‘A stern chace is a long chase.’ 1919 J. A.… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • Stern — Stern, a. Being in the stern, or being astern; as, the stern davits. [1913 Webster] {Stern board} (Naut.), a going or falling astern; a loss of way in making a tack; as, to make a stern board. See {Board}, n., 8 (b) . {Stern chase}. (Naut.) (a)… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stern board — Stern Stern, a. Being in the stern, or being astern; as, the stern davits. [1913 Webster] {Stern board} (Naut.), a going or falling astern; a loss of way in making a tack; as, to make a stern board. See {Board}, n., 8 (b) . {Stern chase}. (Naut.) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stern chaser — Stern Stern, a. Being in the stern, or being astern; as, the stern davits. [1913 Webster] {Stern board} (Naut.), a going or falling astern; a loss of way in making a tack; as, to make a stern board. See {Board}, n., 8 (b) . {Stern chase}. (Naut.) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stern fast — Stern Stern, a. Being in the stern, or being astern; as, the stern davits. [1913 Webster] {Stern board} (Naut.), a going or falling astern; a loss of way in making a tack; as, to make a stern board. See {Board}, n., 8 (b) . {Stern chase}. (Naut.) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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