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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Chase \Chase\, n. [Cf. F. chasse, fr. chasser. See Chase, v.] 1. Vehement pursuit for the purpose of killing or capturing, as of an enemy, or game; an earnest seeking after any object greatly desired; the act or habit of hunting; a hunt. "This mad chase of fame." --Dryden. [1913 Webster] You see this chase is hotly followed. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is pursued or hunted. [1913 Webster] Nay, Warwick, seek thee out some other chase, For I myself must hunt this deer to death. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. An open hunting ground to which game resorts, and which is private properly, thus differing from a forest, which is not private property, and from a park, which is inclosed. Sometimes written chace. [Eng.] [1913 Webster] 4. (Court Tennis) A division of the floor of a gallery, marked by a figure or otherwise; the spot where a ball falls, and between which and the dedans the adversary must drive his ball in order to gain a point. [1913 Webster] Chase gun (Naut.), a cannon placed at the bow or stern of an armed vessel, and used when pursuing an enemy, or in defending the vessel when pursued. Chase port (Naut.), a porthole from which a chase gun is fired. Stern chase (Naut.), a chase in which the pursuing vessel follows directly in the wake of the vessel pursued. cut to the chase (Film), a term used in action movies meaning, to shift the scene to the most exciting part, where someone is being chased. It is used metaphorically to mean "get to the main point". [1913 Webster +PJC]