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CAT
WordNet 2.0
  • a method of examining body organs by scanning them with X rays and using a computer to construct a series of cross-sectional scans along a single axis
  • feline mammal usually having thick soft fur and being unable to roar
  • domestic cats
  • wildcats
  • any of several large cats typically able to roar and living in the wild
  • a large vehicle that is driven by caterpillar tracks
  • frequently used for moving earth in construction and farm work
  • a whip with nine knotted cords
  • "British sailors feared the cat"
  • the leaves of the shrub Catha edulis which are chewed like tobacco or used to make tea
  • has the effect of a euphoric stimulant
  • "in Yemen kat is used daily by 85% of adults"
  • a spiteful woman gossip
  • "what a cat she is!"
  • an informal term for a youth or man
  • "a nice guy"
  • "the guy''s only doing it for some doll"
  • eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
  • "After drinking too much, the students vomited"
  • "He purged continuously"
  • "The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night"
  • beat with a cat-o''-nine-tails
CAT
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. An animal of various species of the genera Felis 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) See Wild cat, and Tiger cat.

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    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 word cat is also used to designate other animals, from some fancied resemblance; as, civet cat, fisher cat, catbird, catfish shark, sea cat.

    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.

    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.

    4. An old game; (a) The game of tipcat and the implement with which it is played. See Tipcat. (c) A game of ball, called, according to the number of batters, one old cat, two old cat, etc.

    5. A cat o' nine tails. See below.

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

    Bush cat
    the serval. See Serval.

  • 1. To bring to the cathead; as, to cat an anchor. See Anchor. Totten.

 

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