• WordNet 3.6
    • v chafe warm by rubbing, as with the hands
    • v chafe cause friction "my sweater scratches"
    • v chafe tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading "This leash chafes the dog's neck"
    • v chafe cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me","It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
    • v chafe feel extreme irritation or anger "He was chafing at her suggestion that he stay at home while she went on a vacation"
    • v chafe become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
    • n chafe anger produced by some annoying irritation
    • n chafe soreness and warmth caused by friction "he had a nasty chafe on his knee"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chafe Heat excited by friction.
    • Chafe Injury or wear caused by friction.
    • Chafe To be worn by rubbing; as, a cable chafes .
    • Chafe To excite heat in by friction; to rub in order to stimulate and make warm. "To rub her temples, and to chafe her skin."
    • Chafe To excite passion or anger in; to fret; to irritate. "Her intercession chafed him."
    • Chafe To fret and wear by rubbing; as, to chafe a cable. "Two slips of parchment which she sewed round it to prevent its being chafed ."
    • Chafe To have a feeling of vexation; to be vexed; to fret; to be irritated.
    • v. i Chafe To rub; to come together so as to wear by rubbing; to wear by friction. "Made its great boughs chafe together.""The troubled Tiber chafing with her shores."
    • Chafe Vexation; irritation of mind; rage. "The cardinal in a chafe sent for him to Whitehall."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • chafe To heat; make warm.
    • chafe To excite heat in or make warm by friction; stimulate to warmth by rubbing, as with the hands: as, to chafe the limbs.
    • chafe To fret and wear by friction; abrade; especially, abrade (the skin) by rubbing; make sore by rubbing; gall: as, the coarse garments chafed his skin.
    • chafe To irritate; annoy; vex; gall; make angry.
    • chafe To stimulate, as by pungent odors; perfume. [Rare.]
    • chafe To animate; revive; inspirit; encourage.
    • chafe Synonyms 3. To rub, wear.
    • chafe To gall, vex, irritate, heat, ruffle, exasperate.
    • chafe To be or become heated.
    • chafe To be fretted and worn by rubbing: as, the cable chafed against a rock.
    • chafe To be irritated or annoyed; fret; fume.
    • chafe To be in violent agitation; rage or boil; dash, as in anger; fret.
    • n chafe Heat excited by friction.
    • n chafe An irritated mental condition arising from continued provocation or annoyance; heated impatience or anger, especially under restraint or a sense of injury; a fretful tendency or state; vexation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Chafe chāf to make hot by rubbing: to fret or wear by rubbing: to cause to fret or rage (with against, at)
    • v.i Chafe to fret or rage
    • n Chafe heat caused by rubbing: rage: passion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. chaufen, to warm, OF. chaufer, F. chauffer, fr. L. calefacere, calfacere, to make warm; calere, to be warm + facere, to make. See Caldron


In literature:

It also has a tendency to prevent the saddle from slipping and chafing the mule's back.
"The Prairie Traveler" by Randolph Marcy
While chafing Voules's chest he had observed a locket hanging to a riband.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
In cases of chafing rest must be strictly enjoined.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
One evening, after a day of chafing at his inactivity, the opportunity came.
"Under the Rebel's Reign" by Charles Neufeld
It didn't take long for the men to begin to chafe under the constant strain of moving through treacherous and unfamiliar territory.
"Despoilers of the Golden Empire" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Cook a teaspoonful of finely chopped onion in 2-1/2 tablespoonfuls of butter in the blazer of a chafing dish 5 minutes.
"365 Luncheon Dishes" by Anonymous
He could do nothing, and in his inactivity he chafed like a caged lion.
"Freaks of Fortune" by Oliver Optic
He chafed in his confinement, like a caged lion ready to break loose from bondage.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
All he did was to chafe his skin and make his wrists throb with pain.
"The Escape of Mr. Trimm" by Irvin S. Cobb
Moreover his chivalrous instincts, inherited from his mother, Catharine, were chafed by the news of French depredations in Rome and Switzerland.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose

In poetry:

Lazarus, hungry,
Menaces Dives;
Labour the giant
Chafes in his hold.
"England My Mother" by William Watson
In vain the gales of ocean sweep,
In vain the billows roar
That chafe the wild and stormy steep
Of storied Elsinore.
"America To Russia" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
I to my chimney's shine
Brought him, as Love professes,
And chafed his hands with mine,
And dried his dropping tresses.
"The Cheat Of Cupid; Or, The Ungentle Guest" by Robert Herrick
``Chide me not, then, nor seek to stay
The current of my soul,
Though conflict check or chafe my way,
The Ocean is my goal;
"A Border Burn" by Alfred Austin
Ladies who in chains of wedlock
Chafe at an unequal yoke,
Not to nightingales give hearing;
Better this, the raven's croak.
"A Preaching From A Spanish Ballad" by George Meredith
You hear the pier's low undertone
Of waves that chafe and gnaw;
You start,--a skipper's horn is blown
To raise the creaking draw.
"The Countess" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Rhode Island Gov Lincoln Chafee (CHAY'-fee) has asked a veteran lawmaker and top education official to lead a new state board overseeing public and higher education in the state.
It's similar to what Gov Lincoln Chafee (CHAY-'fee) said is a successful collaboration with Providence police.
Many of us chafe at big government paperwork, oversight, reports and anything that limits our freedoms.
Chafing to cardiac arrest at marathon.
Lincoln Chafee and State Police Col.
Gov Lincoln Chafee and State Police Col.
Palms chafe, and the gesture eventually loses its magic.
Lincoln Chafee and other Rhode Island leaders say the fiscal cliff would have disastrous consequences for the state, but say they're optimistic that lawmakers in Washington will strike a deal.
Lincoln Chafee plans to help open the newest segment of the extended Sakonnet Greenway Trail Friday in Middletown.
Wires or hoses that are not controlled are prone to chafe.
Some chafe at downtown L.A.'s business improvement districts.
It seemed for a while this summer that the rains might never come, but that was likely just the feeling of those who were chafing under the Arizona summer's triple-digit heat.
Lincoln D Chafee's latest idea for repairing the Rhode Island economy may be his most controversial.
Lincoln Chafee signs the pension reform bill into law at the State House on Nov 18, 2011.
Gene Chafe spoke at the Lawn Care Summit about how a bad collection process can hurt your cash flow.

In science:

The global random attractor of Chafee-Infante reaction-diffusion equation perturbed by Stratonovich multiplicative noise may be the best understood model in infinite dimensional case, so we use it to illustrate our results.
The random case of Conley's theorem: III. Random semiflow case and Morse decomposition
Caraballo T, Crauel H, Langa J A and Robinson J C 2007 The effect of noise on the Chafee-Infante equation: a nonlinear case study Proc.
The random case of Conley's theorem: III. Random semiflow case and Morse decomposition
The effect of noise on the Chafee-Infante equation: a nonlinear case study.
Random attractors for singular stochastic partial differential equations
Although it is natural for biological scientists who are accustomed to considering continuous functions and concentrations to chafe against the discretization of a solution in a lattice model, it is fairly easy to justify this simplification.
A First Exposure to Statistical Mechanics for Life Scientists
For example, this has been realized in in case of the Chafee-Infante equation perturbed by spatially homogeneous, linear multiplicative Itˆo noise.
Finite speed of propagation for stochastic porous media equations