WORDSOLVER for mobile!

Definition of CAT

11 definitions found:



cat \cat\ (k[a^]t), n. [AS. cat; akin to D. & Dan. kat, Sw. katt, Icel. k["o]ttr, G. katze, kater, Ir. cat, W. cath, Armor. kaz, LL. catus, Bisc. catua, NGr. ga`ta, ga`tos, Russ.
     & Pol. kot, Turk. kedi, Ar. qitt; of unknown origin. Cf. {Kitten}.]
     1. (Zool.) Any animal belonging to the natural family {Felidae}, and in particular to the various species of the genera {Felis}, {Panthera}, and {Lynx}. The domestic cat is {Felis domestica}. The European wild cat ({Felis catus}) is much larger than the domestic cat. In the United States the name {wild cat} is commonly applied to the bay lynx ({Lynx rufus}). The larger felines, such as the lion, tiger, leopard, and cougar, are often referred to as cats, and sometimes as big cats. See {Wild cat}, and {Tiger cat}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

     Note: The domestic cat includes many varieties named from their place of origin or from some peculiarity; as, the {Angora cat}; the {Maltese cat}; the {Manx cat}; the {Siamese cat}. [1913 Webster]

                 Laying aside their often rancorous debate over how best to preserve the {Florida panther}, state and federal wildlife officials, environmentalists, and independent scientists endorsed the proposal, and in 1995 the eight cats [female Texas cougars] were brought from Texas and released. . . . Uprooted from the arid hills of West Texas, three of the imports have died, but the remaining five adapted to swamp life and have each given birth to at least one litter of kittens. --Mark Derr (N. Y. Times, Nov. 2, 1999, Science Times p. F2). [PJC]

     Note: The word cat is also used to designate other animals, from some fancied resemblance; as, civet cat, fisher cat, catbird, catfish shark, sea cat. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Naut.)
        (a) A strong vessel with a narrow stern, projecting quarters, and deep waist. It is employed in the coal and timber trade. (b) A strong tackle used to draw an anchor up to the cathead of a ship. --Totten. [1913 Webster]

     3. A double tripod (for holding a plate, etc.), having six feet, of which three rest on the ground, in whatever position it is placed. [1913 Webster]

     4. An old game; specifically:
        (a) The game of tipcat and the implement with which it is played. See {Tipcat}. (b) A game of ball, called, according to the number of batters, one old cat, two old cat, etc. [1913 Webster]

     5. same as {cat o' nine tails}; as, British sailors feared the cat. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

     6. A {catamaran}.
        [PJC]

     {Angora cat}, {blind cat}, See under {Angora}, {Blind}.

     {Black cat} the fisher. See under {Black}.

     {Cat and dog}, like a cat and dog; quarrelsome; inharmonious.
        "I am sure we have lived a cat and dog life of it."
        --Coleridge.

     {Cat block} (Naut.), a heavy iron-strapped block with a large hook, part of the tackle used in drawing an anchor up to the cathead.

     {Cat hook} (Naut.), a strong hook attached to a cat block.

     {Cat nap}, a very short sleep. [Colloq.]

     {Cat o' nine tails}, an instrument of punishment consisting of nine pieces of knotted line or cord fastened to a handle; -- formerly used to flog offenders on the bare back.

     {Cat's cradle}, game played, esp. by children, with a string looped on the fingers so, as to resemble small cradle. The string is transferred from the fingers of one to those of another, at each transfer with a change of form. See {Cratch}, {Cratch cradle}.

     {To bell the cat}, to perform a very dangerous or very difficult task; -- taken metaphorically from a fable about a mouse who proposes to put a bell on a cat, so as to be able to hear the cat coming.

     {To let the cat out of the bag}, to tell a secret, carelessly or willfully. [Colloq.]

     {Bush cat}, the serval. See {Serval}.
        [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Cat \Cat\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Catted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Catting}.] (Naut.) To bring to the cathead; as, to cat an anchor. See {Anchor}.
     --Totten.
     [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Cat o' nine tails \Cat" o' nine" tails`\, cat-o'-nine-tails
  \cat"-o'-nine"-tails`\n.
     1. a whip used as an instrument of punishment consisting of nine pieces of knotted line or cord fastened to a handle;
        -- formerly used to flog offenders on the bare back; -- called also the {cat}. It was used in the British Navy to maintain discipline on board sailing ships.

     Syn: cat.
          [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] Catopter

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

cat
   vt.

      [from catenate via {Unix} cat(1)]

      1. [techspeak] To spew an entire file to the screen or some other output sink without pause (syn. {blast}).

      2. By extension, to dump large amounts of data at an unprepared target or with no intention of browsing it carefully. Usage: considered silly. Rare outside Unix sites. See also {dd}, {BLT}.

      Among Unix fans, cat(1) is considered an excellent example of user-interface design, because it delivers the file contents without such verbosity as spacing or headers between the files, and because it does not require the files to consist of lines of text, but works with any sort of data.

      Among Unix haters, cat(1) is considered the {canonical} example of bad user-interface design, because of its woefully unobvious name. It is far more often used to {blast} a file to standard output than to concatenate two files. The name cat for the former operation is just as unintuitive as, say, LISP's {cdr}.

      Of such oppositions are {holy wars} made.... See also {UUOC}.


The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) [jargon]

CAT
         Central Alaska Time [-1000] (TZ)


V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2013) [vera]

CAT
         Common Authentication Technology (IETF, RFC 1511)


V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2013) [vera]

CAT
         Computer Aided Technology (fair)


V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2013) [vera]

CAT
         Computer Aided Telephony


V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2013) [vera]

CAT
         Condition Access Table (DVB)


V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2013) [vera]

CAT
         Computer Aided Testing


V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2013) [vera]

128 Moby Thesaurus words for "cat":
     Abyssinian cat, Adamite, Angora cat, Argus, Cheshire cat, Chinchilla cat, Himalayan cat, Maltese cat, Manx cat, Persian cat, alley cat, barf, bastard, being, belt, bird, blacksnake, bloke, blue cat, blue devils, blues, body, boy, buck, bugger, bullwhack, bullwhip, calico cat, cascade, cast, chap, character, coon cat, cowhide, creature, crop, customer, dods, dorts, duck, dumps, eagle, earthling, feline, feller, fellow, ferret, flagellum, frumps, gee, gent, gentleman, gib, gib-cat, grimalkin, groundling, grumps, guy, hand, hawk, head, heave, homo, horsewhip, house cat, human, human being, individual, jasper, joker, kit, kitling, kitten, kitty, kitty-cat, knout, kurbash, lad, lash, life, living soul, lynx, man, mopes, mortal, mouser, mulligrubs, mumps, nose, one, party, person, personage, personality, pouts, puke, puss, pussy, pussycat, quirt, rawhide, razor strap, scourge, silver cat, single, sjambok, somebody, someone, soul, spew, strap, stud, sulks, sullens, tabby, tabby cat, tellurian, terran, thong, throw up, tiger cat, tom, tomcat, tortoise-shell cat, weasel, whip, whiplash, worldling


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


Back to the WordSolver.net for Mobile homepage.



2 & 3-letter word lists
US/Canada/TWL23
English/SOWPODS23
WWF/ENABLE23
French/OSD423

Privacy Policy

This website is the cutdown mobile version of the fully featured ajax-driven WordSolver.net site.