Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)


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Chafe (Page: 236)

Chafe (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chafed (?); p pr. & vb. n. Chafing.] [OE. chaufen to warm, OF. chaufer, F. chauffer, fr. L. calefacere, calfacere, to make warm; calere to be warm + facere to make. See Caldron.]

1. To ecxite heat in by friction; to rub in order to stimulate and make warm.

To rub her temples, and to chafe her skin. Spenser.

2. To excite passion or anger in; to fret; to irritate.

Her intercession chafed him. Shak.

3. To fret and wear by rubbing; as, to chafe a cable.

Two slips of parchment which she sewed round it to prevent its being chafed. Sir W. Scott.
Syn. -- To rub; fret; gall; vex; excite; inflame.
Chafe (Page: 236)

Chafe, v. i. To rub; to come together so as to wear by rubbing; to wear by friction.

Made its great boughs chafe together. Longfellow.
The troubled Tiber chafing with her shores. Shak.

2. To be worn by rubbing; as, a cable chafes.

3. To have a feeling of vexation; to be vexed; to fret; to be irritated. Spenser.

He will chafe at the doctor's marrying my daughter. Shak.

Chafe (Page: 236)

Chafe, n.

1. Heat excited by friction.

2. Injury or wear caused by friction.

3. Vexation; irritation of mind; rage.

The cardinal in a chafe sent for him to Whitehall. Camden.