Definition of Fetch

Pronunciation: fĕch; 224
v. t.1.To bear toward the person speaking, or the person or thing from whose point of view the action is contemplated; to go and bring; to get.
[imp. & p. p. Fetched 2; p. pr. & vb. n.. Fetching.]
Time will run back and fetch the age of gold.
- Milton.
He called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. And as she was going to fetch it he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.
- 1 Kings xvii. 11, 12.
2.To obtain as price or equivalent; to sell for.
Our native horses were held in small esteem, and fetched low prices.
- Macaulay.
3.To recall from a swoon; to revive; - sometimes with to; as, to fetch a man to.
Fetching men again when they swoon.
- Bacon.
4.To reduce; to throw.
The sudden trip in wrestling that fetches a man to the ground.
- South.
5.To bring to accomplishment; to achieve; to make; to perform, with certain objects; as, to fetch a compass; to fetch a leap; to fetch a sigh.
I'll fetch a turn about the garden.
- Shak.
He fetches his blow quick and sure.
- South.
6.To bring or get within reach by going; to reach; to arrive at; to attain; to reach by sailing.
Meantine flew our ships, and straight we fetched
The siren's isle.
- Chapman.
7.To cause to come; to bring to a particular state.
They could n't fetch the butter in the churn.
- W. Barnes.
To fetch a compass
(Naut.) to make a circuit; to take a circuitous route going to a place.
To fetch a pump
to make it draw water by pouring water into the top and working the handle.
To fetch headway
(Naut.) to move ahead or astern.
To fetch out
to develop.
To fetch up
a - To overtake.
- Addison.
b - To stop suddenly.
- L'Estrange.
v. i.1.To bring one's self; to make headway; to veer; as, to fetch about; to fetch to windward.
To fetch away
(Naut.) to break loose; to roll or slide to leeward.
To fetch and carry
to serve obsequiously, like a trained spaniel.
n.1.A stratagem by which a thing is indirectly brought to pass, or by which one thing seems intended and another is done; a trick; an artifice.
Every little fetch of wit and criticism.
- South.
2.The apparation of a living person; a wraith.
The very fetch and ghost of Mrs. Gamp.
- Dickens.
3.The unobstructed region of the ocean over which the wind blows to generate waves.
4.The length of such a region.
Fetch candle
a light seen at night, superstitiously believed to portend a person's death.

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