(Chæ"to*tax`y) n. [Gr. hair + arrangement.] (Zoöl.) The arrangement of bristles on an insect.

(Chafe) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Chafed (chaft); 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 excite 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. Spenser.

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

(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.

(Chaf"er) n.

1. One who chafes.

2. A vessel for heating water; — hence, a dish or pan.

A chafer of water to cool the ends of the irons.

(Chaf"er), n. [AS. ceafor; akin to D. kever, G këfer.] (Zoöl.) A kind of beetle; the cockchafer. The name is also applied to other species; as, the rose chafer.

(Chaf"er*y) n. [See Chafe, v. t.] (Iron Works) An open furnace or forge, in which blooms are heated before being wrought into bars.

(Chafe"wax` or Chaff"wax`) n. (Eng. Law) Formerly a chancery officer who fitted wax for sealing writs and other documents.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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