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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Chafe


CHAFE, verb transitive

1. To excite heat or inflammation by friction, as to chafe the skin; also, to fret and wear by rubbing, as to chafe a cable.

2. To act violently upon, by rubbing; to fret against, as waves against a shore.

The troubled Tyber chafing with his shores.

3. To be fretted and worn by rubbing; as, a cable chafes.

CHAFE, noun

1. Heat, excited by friction.

2. Violent agitation of the mind or passions; heat; fret; passion.