(Cate) n. Food. [Obs.] See Cates.
(Cat`e*chet"ic Cat`e*chet"ic*al) a. Catechise.]> Relating to or consisting in, asking questions
and receiving answers, according to the ancient manner of teaching.
Socrates introduced a catechetical method of arguing.
(Cat`e*chet"ic*al*ly), adv. In a catechetical manner; by question and answer.
(Cat`e*chet"ics) n. The science or practice of instructing by questions and answers.
(Cat"e*chin) n. (Chem.) One of the tannic acids, extracted from catechu as a white, crystalline
substance; called also catechuic acid, and catechuin.
(Cat`e*chi*sa"tion) n. [LL. catechizatio.] The act of catechising.
(Cat"e*chise) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Catechised ; p. pr. & vb. n. Catechising.] [L. catechizare,
Gr. equiv. to to resound, sound a thing into one's ears, impress it upon one by word of mouth; + to sound,
1. To instruct by asking questions, receiving answers, and offering explanations and corrections, esp.
in regard to points of religious faith.
2. To question or interrogate; to examine or try by questions; sometimes with a view to reproof, by
eliciting from a person answers which condemn his own conduct. Swift.
(Cat"e*chi`ser) n. One who catechises.
(Cat"e*chism) n. [L. catechismus, fr. Gr. See Catechise.]
1. A form of instruction by means of questions and answers.
2. A book containing a summary of principles, especially of religious doctrine, reduced to the form of
questions and answers.
The Jews, even till this day, have their catechisms. The Larger Catechism, The Shorter Catechism. See Westminster Assembly, under Assembly.
(Cat`e*chis"mal) a. Of or pertaining to a catechism, having the form of questions and answers; catechetical.
(Cat"e*chist) n. [L. catechista, fr. Gr.] One who instructs by question and answer, especially
in religions matters.
(Cat`e*chis"tic*al) a. Of or pertaining to a catechist or to a
catechism. Dr. H. More.
(Cat"e*chize), v. t. See Catechise.
(Cat"e*chu) n. [See Cashoo.] (Chem.) A dry, brown, astringent extract, obtained by decoction
and evaporation from the Acacia catechu, and several other plants growing in India. It contains a large
portion of tannin or tannic acid, and is used in medicine and in the arts. It is also known by the names
terra japonica, cutch, gambier, etc. Ure. Dunglison.
(Cat`e*chu"ic) a. Of or pertaining to catechu or its derivatives. See catechin.