• WordNet 3.6
    • n ketch a sailing vessel with two masts; the mizzen is forward of the rudderpost
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ketch A hangman. See Jack Ketch.
    • Ketch An almost obsolete form of sailing vessel, with a mainmast and a mizzenmast, -- usually from one hundred to two hundred and fifty tons burden.
    • Ketch (Naut) In modern usage, a sailing vessel having two masts, with the main mast taller than the aftermost, or mizzen, mast.
    • v. t Ketch To catch. "To ketch him at a vantage in his snares."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ketch An obsolete or dialectal form of catch.
    • n ketch A small, strongly built, twomasted vessel, usually of from 100 to 250 tons burden, but sometimes of less. Ketches were formerly much used as bomb-vessels, the peculiarity of the rig affording ample space forward of the mainmast and at the greatest beam. See bomb-keteh.
    • n ketch A variant of keech.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ketch kech a small two-masted vessel, generally used as a yacht or a bomb-vessel.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. corrupted fr. Turk. qāīq, : cf. F. caiche,. Cf. Caïque
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Corr. from Turk. qaíq, a boat, whence Fr. caïque.


In literature:

I'm going to try a new improved way of ketching of 'em by challenging the wild ones to fight.
"Dick o' the Fens" by George Manville Fenn
Why, it's one o' them eft things as we used to ketch with a worm in the ponds when we was boys.
"Fire Island" by G. Manville Fenn
Don't ketch me at it.
"First in the Field" by George Manville Fenn
Besides, we're going to ketch some fish.
"King o' the Beach" by George Manville Fenn
I had one ketch me by the boot once, and he bit right through the leather.
"Menhardoc" by George Manville Fenn
Don't ketch me going for a zailor.
"Nic Revel" by George Manville Fenn
Ketch hold of the rail, sir.
"The Ocean Cat's Paw" by George Manville Fenn
I could take you where you could ketch fish every swim.
"Quicksilver" by George Manville Fenn
They'll never ketch us now.
"Syd Belton" by George Manville Fenn
It don't seem much good only ketching them there little hikong-sammylangs.
"Trapped by Malays" by George Manville Fenn

In poetry:

Wind wuz blowin' in the tree--
An' wuz only ist us three
Playin' there; an' ever' one
Ketched each other, like we done,
Squintin' up there at the sun
Like we wuz a-laughin'.
"Fool-Youngens" by James Whitcomb Riley
An' dere he’s yet, an' dere he’ll stay--
So weech of de two 'll win
Can't say for dat--it’s kin' of a doubt,
For Louis, de pipe never leave hees mout',
An' night or day can't ketch heem out,
An' devil’s too scare go in.
"The Devil" by William Henry Drummond
"T'orty mile crick is runnin' over de road, I’m sure,
But if you can fin' de crossin' you’ll ketch heem at Beausejour.
Sober or drunk, no matter, bring heem along you mus',
For Doctor Hilaire’s de only man of de lot for us."
"Doctor Hilaire" by William Henry Drummond
Twenty year! and as good a gyrl as parent ever found!
There's a straw ketched onto yer dress there--I'll bresh it off--turn round.
(Her mother was jes' twenty when us two run away!)
Nothin' to say, my daughter! Nothin' at all to say!
"Nothin' To Say" by James Whitcomb Riley
"Want to be whur mother is! Want to be whur mother is!"
Nights like these and whipperwills allus brings that voice of his!
Sairy; Mary; 'Lizabeth;
Don't set there and ketch yer death
In the dew--er rheumatiz--
Want to be whur mother is?
"Want To Be Whur Mother Is" by James Whitcomb Riley
"For de worl’s de sam' as de reever dere,
Plaintee of weed lyin' ev'ryw'ere,
But work aroun' or your life is gone,
An' tak' some chance or you won't get on,
For if you don't feesh w'ere de weed is grow,
You’ll only ketch small leetle wan or so--
"Keep Out Of The Weeds" by William Henry Drummond

In news:

The CD release party is Friday, Nov 25, at the Fresh Ketch.
The recent launch of Elysium, an exquisite ketch-rigged Cherubini 44 Mark II, promises new life for one family of longtime sailors and another family of old-school boatbuilders.
Californian Ken Barnes is currently awaiting rescue aboard his 44-foot ketch, Privateer which was battered in a storm off the coast of Chile.
Photos by Marcie Renner Trick-or-treaters make their way along Ketch Court in York County's Creekside Landing last year on Halloween.
He and Mark Wilson perform Tuesday at the Fresh Ketch.
TAKING IT SERIOUSLY – Fresh Ketch owner Stephen Roy listens to testimony from Barnstable Police Officer Steven Maher at a July 30 show-cause hearing before the licensing authority.
Ketch and Critter show like a joyful Old Crow reunion.
Old Crow Medicine Show founders Ketch Secor and Critter Fuqua made a stop in the Lowcountry for a special Spoleto eve concert Thursday night.
Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch and Critter hit the back roads for an intimate reunion tour.
Fiddler Ketch Secor steps away from Old Crow Medicine Show in a new duo with band mate Critter Fuqua.
The only "Ghost Rider" issues that I was ever into were the 1990s issues featuring Danny Ketch .
Lydia Peelle and Ketch Secor.
Chalmette's Todays Ketch expands to adjacent properties.
Ketch and Critter show like a joyful Old Crow reunion.
Ketch & Critter 's act is worth catching.

In science:

However, as it is indicated above to ketch the BEC in this ensemble we have to make the chemical potential L-dependent.
Random point field approach to analysis of anisotropic Bose-Einstein condensations
Thorup. S ketching unaggregated data streams for subpopulation-size queries.
Coordinated Weighted Sampling for Estimating Aggregates Over Multiple Weight Assignments