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ketch

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

ketch

 (kĕch)
n. Nautical
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.]

ketch

(kɛtʃ)
n
(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]

ketch

(kɛtʃ)

n.
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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ketch - a sailing vessel with two mastsketch - a sailing vessel with two masts; the mizzen is forward of the rudderpost
sailing ship, sailing vessel - a vessel that is powered by the wind; often having several masts
Translations

ketch

[ketʃ] Nqueche m

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[ˈkɛtʃ] nketch m

ketch

nKetsch f
References in classic literature ?
At sunset a small ketch fanned in to anchorage, and a little later the skipper came ashore.
I sailed in the teak-built ketch, the Minota, on a blackbirding cruise to Malaita, and I took my wife along.
"I got hurt a little, en couldn't swim fas', so I wuz a considable ways behine you towards de las'; when you landed I reck'ned I could ketch up wid you on de lan' 'dout havin' to shout at you, but when I see dat house I begin to go slow.
De women folks has gone for to stir up de relations, en ole Mars Saul en de boys tuck dey guns en rode up de river road for to try to ketch dat young man en kill him 'fo' he kin git acrost de river wid Miss Sophia.
Now, den, you answer me dis question: hain't you tole dat man dat I would be sho' to come here, en den you would fix it so he could set a trap en ketch me?"
'Long at fust my marster say de good word for me to de overseer, but dat 'uz bad for me; for de mistis she fine it out, en arter dat I jist ketched it at every turn--dey warn't no mercy for me no mo'."
"You ketch um dog you take um all right," was his last word.
"I'll club hell outa yeh when I ketch yeh," he shouted, and disappeared.
It was a trap, and into the trap sailed two white men in a small ketch. They were after recruits, and they possessed much tobacco and trade goods, to say nothing of three rifles and plenty of ammunition.
Remember to always go up the back way; we don't use the front stairs on account o' the carpet; take care o' the turn and don't ketch your foot; look to your right and go in.
Wot is it, lambs, as they ketches in seas, rivers, lakes, and ponds?'
'He gives me a 'apenny to pelt him home if I ketches him out too late,' says the boy.