Definition of CATCHING

noun : CATCHING

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

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

  • 3. (

    ) becoming infected; "catching cold is sometimes unavoidable"; "the contracting of a serious illness can be financially catastrophic" ;

verb : CATCHING

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly; catch somebody doing something or in a certain state; "She caught her son eating candy"; "She was caught shoplifting" ;

  • 2. (

    ) perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily; "I caught the aroma of coffee"; "He caught the allusion in her glance"; "ears open to catch every sound"; "The dog picked up the scent"; "Catch a glimpse" ;

  • 3. (

    ) reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot; "the rock caught her in the back of the head"; "The blow got him in the back"; "The punch caught him in the stomach" ;

  • 5. (

    ) succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase; "We finally got the suspect"; "Did you catch the thief?" ;

  • 6. (

    ) to hook or entangle; "One foot caught in the stirrup" ;

  • 7. (

    ) attract and fix; "His look caught her"; "She caught his eye"; "Catch the attention of the waiter" ;

  • 8. (

    ) capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping; "I caught a rabbit in the trap today" ;

  • 9. (

    ) reach in time; "I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock" ;

  • 10. (

    ) get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly; "Catch some sleep"; "catch one's breath" ;

  • 12. (

    ) be struck or affected by; "catch fire"; "catch the mood" ;

  • 13. (

    ) check oneself during an action; "She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind" ;

  • 14. (

    ) hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers; "We overheard the conversation at the next table" ;

  • 15. (

    ) see or watch; "view a show on television"; "This program will be seen all over the world"; "view an exhibition"; "Catch a show on Broadway"; "see a movie" ;

  • 16. (

    ) cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled; "I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles" ;

  • 17. (

    ) detect a blunder or misstep; "The reporter tripped up the senator" ;

  • 18. (

    ) grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of; "did you catch that allusion?"; "We caught something of his theory in the lecture"; "don't catch your meaning"; "did you get it?"; "She didn't get the joke"; "I just don't get him" ;

  • 19. (

    ) contract; "did you catch a cold?" ;

  • 20. (

    ) start burning; "The fire caught" ;

  • 21. (

    ) perceive by hearing; "I didn't catch your name"; "She didn't get his name when they met the first time" ;

  • 22. (

    ) suffer from the receipt of; "She will catch hell for this behavior!" ;