Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
result(s) from the 1913
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.
2. To excite passion or anger in; to fret; to irritate.
Her intercession chafed him.
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, v. i. To rub; to come together so as to wear by rubbing; to wear by friction.
Made its great boughs chafe together.
The troubled Tiber chafing with her shores.
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.
He will chafe at the doctor's marrying my daughter.
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.