1. feline mammal usually having thick soft fur and no ability to roar: domestic cats; wildcats;
[syn: cat, true cat]
2. an informal term for a youth or man;
- Example: "a nice guy"
- Example: "the guy's only doing it for some doll"
[syn: guy, cat, hombre, bozo]
3. a spiteful woman gossip;
- Example: "what a cat she is!"
4. the leaves of the shrub Catha edulis which are chewed like tobacco or used to make tea; has the effect of a euphoric stimulant;
- Example: "in Yemen kat is used daily by 85% of adults"
[syn: kat, khat, qat, quat, cat, Arabian tea, African tea]
5. a whip with nine knotted cords;
- Example: "British sailors feared the cat"
[syn: cat-o'-nine-tails, cat]
6. a large tracked vehicle that is propelled by two endless metal belts; frequently used for moving earth in construction and farm work;
[syn: Caterpillar, cat]
7. any of several large cats typically able to roar and living in the wild;
[syn: big cat, cat]
8. 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;
[syn: computerized tomography, computed tomography, CT, computerized axial tomography, computed axial tomography, CAT]
1. beat with a cat-o'-nine-tails;
2. eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth;
- Example: "After drinking too much, the students vomited"
- Example: "He purged continuously"
- Example: "The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night"
[syn: vomit, vomit up, purge, cast, sick, cat, be sick, disgorge, regorge, retch, puke, barf, spew, spue, chuck, upchuck, honk, regurgitate, throw up]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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:
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:
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] CatopterThe Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (17 December 2009):
CAT Common Abstract Tree Language. R. Voeller & Uwe Schmidt, U Kiel, Germany 1983. Universal intermediate language, used by Norsk Data in their family of compilers. "A Multi-Language Compiler System with Automatically Generated Codegenerators, U. Schmidt et al, SIGPLAN Notices 19(6):202-2121 (June 1984). [Jargon File]The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (17 December 2009):
(From "catenate") Unix's command which copies one or more entire files to the screen or some other output sink without pause. See also dd, BLT. Among Unix fans, cat 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 (the pr command can be used to do this), 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 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 files. The name "cat" for the former operation is just as unintuitive as, say, LISP's cdr. Of such oppositions are holy wars made. (1994-11-29)The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):
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.V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2006):
CAT Condition Access Table (DVB)V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2006):
CAT Computer Aided TestingV.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2006):
CAT Central Alaska Time [-1000] (TZ)V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2006):
CAT Common Authentication Technology (IETF, RFC 1511)V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2006):
CAT Computer Aided Technology (fair)V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2006):
CAT Computer Aided TelephonyThe Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
CAT, n. A soft, indestructible automaton provided by nature to be kicked when things go wrong in the domestic circle. This is a dog, This is a cat. This is a frog, This is a rat. Run, dog, mew, cat. Jump, frog, gnaw, rat. ElevensonMoby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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