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a sailing vessel with two masts
Not to be confused with:
catch – seize or capture; trap or ensnare; contract, as a cold; a game where a ball is thrown from one person to another
A two-masted fore-and-aft-rigged sailing vessel with a mizzenmast stepped aft of a taller mainmast but forward of the rudder.
[Middle English cache, from cacchen, to catch; see catch.]
(Nautical Terms) a two-masted sailing vessel, fore-and-aft rigged, with a tall mainmast and a mizzen stepped forward of the rudderpost. Compare yawl11
[C15 cache, probably from cacchen to hunt; see catch]
a sailing vessel rigged fore and aft on two masts, the larger, forward one being the mainmast and the after one, stepped forward of the rudderpost, being the mizzen or jigger. Compare yawl (def. 2).
[1475–85; earlier cache, perhaps identical with catch]