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CHASE

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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 956 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CHASE. (1) (Fr. chasse, from Lat. cieptare, frequentative of capere, to take), the pursuit of wild animals for food or sport (see HUNTING). The word is used of the pursuit of any-thing, and also of the thing pursued, as, in naval warfare, of a ship. A transferred meaning is that of park land reserved for the breeding and hunting of wild animals, in which sense it appears in various place-names in England, as Cannock Chase. It is also a term for a stroke in tennis (q.v.). (2) (Fr. chasse, Lat. capsa, a box, cf. caisse, and " chest "), an enclosure, such as the muzzle-end of a gun in front of the trunnions, a groove cut to hold a pipe, and, in typography, the frame enclosing the " forme."
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