In music, a catch or trick canon is a type of round - a musical composition in which two or more voices repeatedly sing the same melody or sometimes slightly different melodies, beginning at different times. In a catch, the lines of lyrics interact so that a word or phrase is produced that does not appear if sung by only one voice. This phrase is often innuendo-laden, politically subversive, or lewd.

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  1. The act of seizing or capturing.
    The catch of the perpetrator was the product of a year of police work.
  2. The act of catching an object in motion, especially a ball.
    The player made an impressive catch.
    Nice catch!
  3. The act of noticing, understanding or hearing.
    Good catch. I never would have remembered that.
  4. The game of catching a ball.
    The kids love to play catch.
  5. A find, in particular a boyfriend or girlfriend or prospective spouse.
    Did you see his latest catch?
    He's a good catch.
  6. Something which is captured or caught.
    The fishermen took pictures of their catch.
    The catch amounted to five tons of swordfish.
  7. A stopping mechanism, especially a clasp which stops something from opening.
    She installed a sturdy catch to keep her cabinets closed tight.
  8. A hesitation in voice, caused by strong emotion.
    There was a catch in his voice when he spoke his father's name.
  9. A concealed difficulty, especially in a deal or negotiation.
    It sounds like a great idea, but what's the catch?
    Be careful, that's a catch question.
  10. A crick; a sudden muscle pain during unaccustomed positioning when the muscle is in use.
    I bent over to see under the table and got a catch in my side.
  11. A fragment of music or poetry.
  12. A state of readiness to capture or seize; an ambush.
  13. A crop which has germinated and begun to grow.
  14. A type of strong boat, usually having two masts; a ketch.
  15. A type of humorous round in which the voices gradually catch up with one another; usually sung by men and often having bawdy lyrics.
  16. The refrain; a line or lines of a song which are repeated from verse to verse.
  17. The act of catching a hit ball before it reaches the ground, resulting in an out.
  18. A player in respect of his catching ability; particularly one who catches well.
  19. The first contact of an oar with the water.
  20. A stoppage of breath, resembling a slight cough.
  21. Passing opportunities seized; snatches.
  22. A slight remembrance; a trace.


  1. To capture, overtake.
    1. To capture or snare (someone or something which would rather escape).
      I hope I catch a fish.
      He ran but we caught him at the exit.
      The police caught the robber at a nearby casino.
    2. To entrap or trip up a person; to deceive.
      1. To marry or enter into a similar relationship with.
        1. To reach (someone) with a strike, blow, weapon etc.
If he catches you on the chin, you'll be on the mat.
  1. To overtake or catch up to; to be in time for.
If you leave now you might catch him.
I would love to have dinner but I have to catch a plane.
  1. To discover unexpectedly; to surprise (someone doing something).
    He was caught on video robbing the bank.
    He was caught in the act of stealing a biscuit.
  2. To travel by means of.
    catch the bus
    1. To become pregnant. (Only in past tense or as participle.)
  1. To seize hold of.
  1. To grab, seize, take hold of.
    I caught her by the arm and turned her to face me.
  2. To take or replenish something necessary, such as breath or sleep.
    I have to stop for a moment and catch my breath.
    I caught some Z's on the train.
  3. To grip or entangle.
    My leg was caught in a tree-root.
  4. To be held back or impeded.
    Be careful your dress doesn't catch on that knob.
    His voice caught when he came to his father's name.
  5. To engage with some mechanism; to stick, to succeed in interacting with something or initiating some process.
    Push it in until it catches.
    The engine finally caught and roared to life.
  6. To have something be held back or impeded.
    I caught my heel on the threshold.
  7. To make a grasping or snatching motion (at).
    He caught at the railing as he fell.
  8. Of fire, to spread or be conveyed to.
    The fire spread slowly until it caught the eaves of the barn.
  9. To grip (the water) with one's oars at the beginning of the stroke.
    1. To germinate and set down roots.
The seeds caught and grew.
  1. To contact a wave in such a way that one can ride it back to shore.
    1. To handle an exception.
When the program catches an exception, this is recorded in the log file.
  1. To intercept.
    1. To seize or intercept a object moving through the air (or, sometimes, some other medium).
      I will throw you the ball, and you catch it.
      Watch me catch this raisin in my mouth.
    2. To seize (an opportunity) when it occurs.
      1. To end a player's innings by catching a hit ball before the first bounce.
Townsend hit 29 before he was caught by Wilson.
  1. To play (a specific period of time) as the catcher.
    He caught the last three innings.
  1. To receive (by being in the way).
    1. To be the victim of (something unpleasant, painful etc.).
      You're going to catch a beating if they find out.
    2. To be touched or affected by (something) through exposure.
      The sunlight caught the leaves and the trees turned to gold.
      Her hair was caught by the light breeze.
    3. To be infected by (an illness).
      Everyone seems to be catching the flu this week.
    4. To spread by infection or similar means.
      1. To receive or be affected by (wind, water, fire etc.).
The bucket catches water from the downspout.
The trees caught quickly in the dry wind.
  1. To acquire, as though by infection; to take on through sympathy or infection.
She finally caught the mood of the occasion.
  1. To be hit by something.
    He caught a bullet in the back of the head last year.
  2. To serve well or poorly for catching, especially for catching fish.
    1. To get pregnant
Well, if you didn't catch this time, we'll have more fun trying again until you do.
  1. To take in with one's senses or intellect.
    1. To grasp mentally: perceive and understand.
      ''Did you catch his name?
      Did you catch the way she looked at him?
    2. To take in; to watch or listen to (an entertainment).
      I have some free time tonight so I think I'll catch a movie.
    3. To reproduce or echo a spirit or idea faithfully.
      You've really caught his determination in this sketch.
  2. To seize attention, interest.
    1. To charm or entrance.
      1. To attract and hold (a faculty or organ of sense).
He managed to catch her attention.
The enormous scarf did catch my eye.

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