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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (3)

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

2. the act of detecting something; catching sight of something;
[syn: detection, catching, espial, spying, spotting]

3. becoming infected;
- Example: "catching cold is sometimes unavoidable"
- Example: "the contracting of a serious illness can be financially catastrophic"
[syn: catching, contracting]


ADJECTIVE (1)

1. (of disease) capable of being transmitted by infection;
[syn: catching, communicable, contagious, contractable, transmissible, transmittable]

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5 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Catch \Catch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Caughtor Catched; p. pr. & vb. n. Catching. Catched is rarely used.] [OE. cacchen, OF. cachier, dialectic form of chacier to hunt, F. chasser, fr. (assumend) LL. captiare, for L. capture, V. intens. of capere to take, catch. See Capacious, and cf. Chase, Case a box.] [1913 Webster] 1. To lay hold on; to seize, especially with the hand; to grasp (anything) in motion, with the effect of holding; as, to catch a ball. [1913 Webster] 2. To seize after pursuing; to arrest; as, to catch a thief. "They pursued . . . and caught him." --Judg. i. 6. [1913 Webster] 3. To take captive, as in a snare or net, or on a hook; as, to catch a bird or fish. [1913 Webster] 4. Hence: To insnare; to entangle. "To catch him in his words". --Mark xii. 13. [1913 Webster] 5. To seize with the senses or the mind; to apprehend; as, to catch a melody. "Fiery thoughts . . . whereof I catch the issue." --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 6. To communicate to; to fasten upon; as, the fire caught the adjoining building. [1913 Webster] 7. To engage and attach; to please; to charm. [1913 Webster] The soothing arts that catch the fair. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 8. To get possession of; to attain. [1913 Webster] Torment myself to catch the English throne. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 9. To take or receive; esp. to take by sympathy, contagion, infection, or exposure; as, to catch the spirit of an occasion; to catch the measles or smallpox; to catch cold; the house caught fire. [1913 Webster] 10. To come upon unexpectedly or by surprise; to find; as, to catch one in the act of stealing. [1913 Webster] 11. To reach in time; to come up with; as, to catch a train. [1913 Webster] To catch fire, to become inflamed or ignited. to catch it to get a scolding or beating; to suffer punishment. [Colloq.] To catch one's eye, to interrupt captiously while speaking. [Colloq.] "You catch me up so very short." --Dickens. To catch up, to snatch; to take up suddenly. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Catching \Catch"ing\ a. 1. Infectious; contagious. [1913 Webster] 2. Captivating; alluring. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Catching \Catch"ing\, n. The act of seizing or taking hold of. [1913 Webster] Catching bargain (Law), a bargain made with an heir expectant for the purchase of his expectancy at an inadequate price. --Bouvier. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

catching adj 1: (of disease) capable of being transmitted by infection [syn: catching, communicable, contagious, contractable, transmissible, transmittable] n 1: (baseball) playing the position of catcher on a baseball team 2: the act of detecting something; catching sight of something [syn: detection, catching, espial, spying, spotting] 3: becoming infected; "catching cold is sometimes unavoidable"; "the contracting of a serious illness can be financially catastrophic" [syn: catching, contracting]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

97 Moby Thesaurus words for "catching": alluring, annexational, appealing, appetizing, attractive, beguiling, bewitching, blandishing, cajoling, captivating, charismatic, charming, coaxing, come-hither, communicable, confiscatory, contagious, coquettish, deadly, deprivative, destructive, enchanting, endemic, engaging, enravishing, enthralling, enticing, entrancing, envenomed, epidemial, epidemic, epiphytotic, epizootic, exciting, exotic, expropriatory, fascinating, fetching, flirtatious, glamorous, hypnotic, infectious, infective, inoculable, interesting, intriguing, inviting, irresistible, malign, malignant, mephitic, mesmeric, miasmal, miasmatic, miasmic, mouth-watering, noxious, pandemic, pestiferous, pestilential, piquant, poisonous, prepossessing, privative, provocative, provoquant, ravishing, seducing, seductive, siren, sirenic, spellbinding, spellful, sporadic, spreading, taking, tantalizing, teasing, tempting, thievish, tickling, titillating, titillative, toxic, toxicant, toxiferous, transmissible, transmittable, venenate, veneniferous, venenous, venomous, virulent, winning, winsome, witching, zymotic