Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Chat intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Chatted ; present participle & verbal noun Chatting .] [ From Chatter . √22.] To talk in a light and familiar manner; to converse without form or ceremony; to gossip. Shak.

To chat a while on their adventures.

Syn. -- To talk; chatter; gossip; converse.

Chat transitive verb To talk of. [ Obsolete]

Chat noun
1. Light, familiar talk; conversation; gossip.

Snuff, or fan, supply each pause of chat ,
With singing, laughing, ogling, and all that.

2. (Zoology) A bird of the genus Icteria , allied to the warblers, in America. The best known species are the yellow-breasted chat ( I. viridis ), and the long-tailed chat ( I. longicauda ). In Europe the name is given to several birds of the family Saxicolidæ , as the stonechat , and whinchat .

Bush chat . (Zoology) See under Bush .

Chateau noun ; plural Chateux . [ French château a castle. See Castle .]
1. A castle or a fortress in France.

2. A manor house or residence of the lord of the manor; a gentleman's country seat; also, particularly, a royal residence; as, the chateau of the Louvre; the chateau of the Luxembourg.

» The distinctive, French term for a fortified castle of the middle ages is château-fort .

Chatelaine noun [ French châtelaine the wife of a castellan, the mistress of a chateau, a chatelaine chain.] An ornamental hook, or brooch worn by a lady at her waist, and having a short chain or chains attached for a watch, keys, trinkets, etc. Also used adjectively; as, a chatelaine chain.

Chatelet noun [ French châtelet , dim. of château . See Castle .] A little castle.

Chatellany noun [ French châtellenie .] Same as Castellany .

Chati noun [ Confer French chat cat.] (Zoology) A small South American species of tiger cat ( Felis mitis ).

Chatoyant adjective [ French, present participle of chatoyer to be chatoyant, from chat cat.] (Min.) Having a changeable, varying luster, or color, like that of a changeable silk, or oa a cat's eye in the dark.

Chatoyant noun (Min.) A hard stone, as the cat's-eye , which presents on a polished surface, and in the interior, an undulating or wary light.

Chatoyment noun [ French chatoiement . See Chatoyant .] Changeableness of color, as in a mineral; play of colors. Cleaceland.

Chattel noun [ Old French chatel ; another form of catel . See Cattle .] (Law) Any item of movable or immovable property except the freehold, or the things which are parcel of it. It is a more extensive term than goods or effects .

» Chattels are personal or real: personal are such as are movable, as goods, plate, money; real are such rights in land as are less than a freehold, as leases, mortgages, growing corn, etc.

Chattel mortgage (Law) , a mortgage on personal property, as distinguished from one on real property.

Chattelism noun The act or condition of holding chattels; the state of being a chattel.

Chatter intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Chattered ; present participle & verbal noun Chattering .] [ Of imitative origin. Confer Chat , intransitive verb Chitter .]
1. To utter sounds which somewhat resemble language, but are inarticulate and indistinct.

The jaw makes answer, as the magpie chatters .

2. To talk idly, carelessly, or with undue rapidity; to jabber; to prate.

To tame a shrew, and charm her chattering tongue.

3. To make a noise by rapid collisions.

With chattering teeth, and bristling hair upright.

Chatter transitive verb To utter rapidly, idly, or indistinctly.

Begin his witless note apace to chatter .

Chatter noun
1. Sounds like those of a magpie or monkey; idle talk; rapid, thoughtless talk; jabber; prattle.

Your words are but idle and empty chatter .

2. Noise made by collision of the teeth, as in shivering.

Chatter mark (a) (Machinery) One of the fine undulations or ripples which are formed on the surface of work by a cutting tool which chatters. (b) (Geol.) A short crack on a rock surface planed smooth by a glacier.

Chatteration noun The act or habit of chattering. [ Colloq.]

Chatterer noun
1. A prater; an idle talker.

2. (Zoology) A bird of the family Ampelidæ -- so called from its monotonous note. The Bohemion chatterer ( Ampelis garrulus ) inhabits the arctic regions of both continents. In America the cedar bird is a more common species. See Bohemian chatterer , and Cedar bird .

Chattering noun The act or habit of talking idly or rapidly, or of making inarticulate sounds; the sounds so made; noise made by the collision of the teeth; chatter.

Chattiness noun The quality of being chatty, or of talking easily and pleasantly.

Chatty adjective Given to light, familiar talk; talkative. Lady M. W. Montagu.

Chatty noun [ Tamil shāti .] A porous earthen pot used in India for cooling water, etc.

Chatwood noun [ Chat a little stick + wood .] Little sticks; twigs for burning; fuel. Johnson.

Chaud-medley noun [ French chaude mêlée ; chaud hot + mêler (Formerly sometimes spelt medler) to mingle.] (Law) The killing of a person in an affray, in the heat of blood, and while under the influence of passion, thus distinguished from chance-medley or killing in self- defense, or in a casual affray. Burrill.

Chaudron noun See Chawdron . [ Obsolete]

Chauffer noun [ Confer French chauffoir a kind of stone, from chauffer to heat. See Chafe .] (Chemistry) A table stove or small furnace, usually a cylindrical box of sheet iron, with a grate at the bottom, and an open top.

Chauffeur noun [ French, lit., stoker.]
1. [ plural ] (F. Hist.) Brigands in bands, who, about 1793, pillaged, burned, and killed in parts of France; -- so called because they used to burn the feet of their victims to extort money.

2. One who manages the running of an automobile; esp., the paid operator of a motor vehicle.

Chauffeuse noun [ French, fem. of chauffeur .] A woman chauffeur.

Chauldron noun See Chawdron . [ Obsolete]

Chaun noun A gap. [ Obsolete] Colgrave.

Chaun transitive verb & i. To open; to yawn. [ Obsolete]

O, chaun thy breast.

Chaunt noun & v. See Chant .

Chaunter noun
1. A street seller of ballads and other broadsides. [ Slang, Eng.]

2. A deceitful, tricky dealer or horse jockey. [ Colloq.]

He was a horse chaunter ; he's a leg now.

3. The flute of a bagpipe. See Chanter , noun , 3.

Chaunterie noun See Chantry . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Chaus noun (Zoology) a lynxlike animal of Asia and Africa ( Lynx Lybicus ).

Chausses noun plural [ French] The garment for the legs and feet and for the body below the waist, worn in Europe throughout the Middle Ages; applied also to the armor for the same parts, when fixible, as of chain mail.

Chaussure noun [ French] A foot covering of any kind.

Chautauqua system (of education) The system of home study established in connection with the summer schools assembled at Chautauqua, N. Y., by the Methodist Episcopal bishop, J. H. Vincent.

Chauvinism noun [ French chauvinisme , from Chauvin , a character represented as making grotesque and threatening displays of his attachment to his fallen chief, Napoleon I., in 1815.] Blind and absurd devotion to a fallen leader or an obsolete cause; hence, absurdly vainglorious or exaggerated patriotism.

-- Chau"vin*ist , noun -- Chau`vin*is"tic adjective

» To have a generous belief in the greatness of one's country is not chauvinism . It is the character of the latter quality to be wildly extravagant, to be fretful and childish and silly, to resent a doubt as an insult, and to offend by its very frankness. Prof. H. Tuttle.

Chavender noun [ Confer Cheven .] (Zoology) The chub. Walton.

Chaw transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Chawed ; present participle & verbal noun Chawing .] [ See Chew .]
1. To grind with the teeth; to masticate, as food in eating; to chew, as the cud; to champ, as the bit.

The trampling steed, with gold and purple trapped,
Chawing the foamy bit, there fiercely stood.

2. To ruminate in thought; to consider; to keep the mind working upon; to brood over. Dryden.

A word formerly in good use, but now regarded as vulgar.

Chaw noun [ See Chaw , transitive verb ]
1. As much as is put in the mouth at once; a chew; a quid. [ Law]

2. [ Confer Jaw .] The jaw. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Chaw bacon , a rustic; a bumpkin; a lout. (Law) -- Chaw tooth , a grinder. (Law)

Chawdron noun [ Old French chaudun , caudun , caldun ; confer German kaldaunen guts, bowels, Late Latin calduna intestine, W. coluddyn gut, dim. of coludd bowels.] Entrails. [ Obsolete] [ Written also chaudron , chauldron .] Shak.

Chay root [ Tamil shāya .] The root of the Oldenlandia umbellata , native in India, which yieds a durable red dyestuff. [ Written also choy root .]

Chazy epoch (Geol.) An epoch at the close of the Canadian period of the American Lower Silurian system; -- so named from a township in Clinton Co., New York. See the Diagram under Geology .