Definition of Catching

1. Noun. (baseball) playing the position of catcher on a baseball team.

Generic synonyms: Playing
Category relationships: Baseball, Baseball Game

2. Adjective. (of disease) capable of being transmitted by infection.

3. Noun. The act of detecting something; catching sight of something.
Exact synonyms: Detection, Espial, Spotting, Spying
Generic synonyms: Discovery, Find, Uncovering
Derivative terms: Detect, Espy, Spot, Spy

4. Noun. Becoming infected. "The contracting of a serious illness can be financially catastrophic"
Exact synonyms: Contracting
Generic synonyms: Acquiring, Getting
Derivative terms: Contract

Definition of Catching

1. a. Infectious; contagious.

2. n. The act of seizing or taking hold of.

Definition of Catching

1. Verb. (present participle of catch) ¹

2. Noun. The action of the verb catch. ¹

3. Adjective. (informal) contagious ¹

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Definition of Catching

1. catch [v] - See also: catch

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Catching

catcher interference
catches fire
catches sight of
catches up
catching (current term)
catching fire
catching sight of
catching some zs
catching up
catchment area
catchment basin
catchment basins

Literary usage of Catching

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Law Reports by James Redfoord Bulwer (1872)
"109, the fixed engine must be used for catching salmon. ... There the putt was an instrument adapted for catching salmon, and could not be used without a ..."

2. The Birds of Jamaica: Being a History of the Bird, Its Structure, and Habits by Philip Henry Gosse, Alfred Edmund Brehm, Richard Hill (1874)
"Bird-catching is productive of the same pleasurable sensations,—love of the forest, the fresh morning air, and the joyous harmony of the feathered throng ..."

3. Ivanhoe: A Romance by Walter Scott (1895)
"... to which the Knight, catching up the tune, replied in the like manner. KNIGHT AND WAMBA. There came three merry men from south, west, and north, ..."

4. The Literature of Roguery by Frank Wadleigh Chandler (1907)
"Canny-catching Pamphlets Greene the Bohemian is one of the few Englishmen of standing in letters who furthered the development of the romance of roguery ..."

5. Advocate of Peace by American Peace Society (1857)
"The opening of the French traffic in apprentices immediately reproduced the slave- catching wars, which had almost ceased in every part of Western Africa. ..."

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