catch on


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v catch on become popular "This fashion caught on in Paris"
    • v catch on understand, usually after some initial difficulty "She didn't know what her classmates were plotting but finally caught on"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Joseph Gayetty is credited for inventing toilet paper in 1857. Unfortunately, his invention failed and did not catch on until ten years later
    • Catch on to comprehend: to catch the popular fancy
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  • John Wesley
    “Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.”
  • Mark Twain
    “A crank is someone with a new idea -- until it catches on.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From O. Fr. cachier—Late L. captiāre for captāre, inten. of capĕre, to take. See Chase.


In literature:

You'll catch cold with all your things on.
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
Thad DePugh found him on his way to school and tried to catch him, but he run up the tree.
"The Lilac Lady" by Ruth Alberta Brown
I crawled out to church on Sunday, and took more cold, though I have heard people say you wouldn't catch cold going to church.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
The orang is very clumsy on its feet, and she could not catch him.
"Four Young Explorers" by Oliver Optic
The catch on the Pribylov Islands has been still larger.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
Though it feeds on vegetables, it is also fond of fish, to catch which it enters the water, swimming after them with the rapidity of an otter.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
He wouldn't catch on if we fed him dog for dinner.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
Any surplus solder is brought up on top of the joint and then wiped on the catch cloth.
"Elements of Plumbing" by Samuel Dibble
Catching sight of the strangers and the pile of money, he stopped short with the words on his lips.
"Jack" by Alphonse Daudet
If we are not sharp, we'll catch it on both sides!
"An Undivided Union" by Oliver Optic

In poetry:

'Ring on, and drown the moan,
Above the patriot slain,
Till sorrow's voice shall catch the tone
And join the glad refrain.
"Liberty" by James Whitcomb Riley
For there they wait with bell,
And there they wait with book—
"Keeping an eye on the corporal,"
To catch a word or a look.
"The Queen's Triumph" by Samuel Bamford
The purple heath and golden broom
On moory mountains catch the gale;
O'er lawns the lily sheds perfume,
The violet in the vale.
"The Daisy - On Finding one in Bloom on Christmas-day" by James Montgomery
We sang old love-songs on the way
In sad and merry snatches,
Your fingers o'er the strings astray
Strumming the random catches.
"Reminiscence" by John Charles McNeill
The fisherman's wife stood on the beach,
And still her eyes did strain,
To catch of mast or sail, a glimpse,
Upon the inland main.
"The Fisherman's Wife" by Thomas Frederick Young
At morning we shall catch the glow
Of Dian's quiver on the hill,
And somewhere in the glades I know
That Pan is at his piping still.
"The Return of the Year" by Archibald Lampman

In news:

Anglers who have their big catches on mounts are invited to contact the Division of Natural Resources.
' Fitness parks' catch on in cities.
Will it ever catch on.
There's "The Catch" from 1970 and "The Catch II" (or "The Push-off," depending on your perspective) in 2000.
Michael Crabtree had a season-high nine catches for 93 yards, putting him on pace for a career-best 81 catches and 936 yards.
Michael Crabtree had a season-high nine catches for 93 yards, putting him on pace for a career-best 81 catches and 949 yards.
Smart grid ' name not catching on with consumers.
The back side of the house after catching on fire.
Why the First Laptop Had Such a Hard Time Catching On (Hint: Sexism).
Whitesboro's Woodard catches on with Hobart College.
Hunters still catching on to fall turkey season.
Stephens- Howling had 17 carries for 51 rushing yards and a touchdown, as well as two catches on four targets for eight receiving yards Sunday against the Packers.
With that kind of power, it's little wonder Hummel 's blowouts are catching on.
That's nearly a quarter of the team's receptions and yards receiving, and Bowe has three of the Chiefs' eight touchdown catches on the year.
Shipley had five catches on seven targets for 55 yards Sunday against the Jets.

In science:

On the other hand, in the case of association, i.e., when X points are clustered around Y points, the regions N τ C S (x) tend to be smaller in area, hence, catch less points, thereby resulting in a small number of arcs, or a smaller relative density compared to CSR or segregation.
A New Family of Random Graphs for Testing Spatial Segregation
On the distribution of the domination number of random class catch cover digraphs.
A New Family of Random Graphs for Testing Spatial Segregation
What we want to do now is to ‘catch’ the wavemode on a later spacelike slice.
What Exactly is the Information Paradox?
To catch all three of these on the slices while staying in a low curvature region we have evolved the small r side less and the large r side more, something that we are certainly allowed to do in classical gravity.
What Exactly is the Information Paradox?
Notice that the proximity catch digraph D depends on the proximity map N (·) and if pj ∈ N (pi ), then we call the region N (pi ) (and the point pi ) catches point pj .
Spatial Clustering Tests Based on Domination Number of a New Random Digraph Family