(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.
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.
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.
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.