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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
cat1 /kæt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Mammalsa small, furry, carnivorous animal often kept as a pet:Our cats like to play with string.
  2. Mammalsa grouping of similar animals, as the lion, tiger, leopard, or jaguar, and including numerous small wild cats:The cats were kept next to the bears at the zoo.
  3. Slang TermsSlang.
    • a person, esp. a man:a cool cat.
Idioms
  1. Idiomslet the cat out of the bag, to reveal, tell, or make known a secret.


cat.,  an abbreviation of:
  1. catalog;
    catalogue.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
cat1  (kat),USA pronunciation n., v.,  cat•ted, cat•ting. 
n. 
  1. Mammalsa small domesticated carnivore, Felis domestica or F. catus, bred in a number of varieties.
  2. any of several carnivores of the family Felidae, as the lion, tiger, leopard or jaguar, etc.
  3. Slang Terms
    • a person, esp. a man.
    • a devotee of jazz.
  4. Sex and Gendera woman given to spiteful or malicious gossip.
  5. Textilesthe fur of the domestic cat.
  6. a cat-o'-nine-tails.
  7. Games
    • British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]the tapering piece of wood used in the game of tipcat.
    • British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]the game itself.
    • See  four old cat, one old cat, three old cat, two old cat. 
  8. Nautical, Naval Termsa catboat.
  9. Nautical, Naval Termsa catamaran.
  10. Fisha catfish.
  11. Nautical, Naval Termsa tackle used in hoisting an anchor to the cathead.
  12. a double tripod having six legs but resting on only three no matter how it is set down, usually used before or over a fire.
  13. Nautical, Naval Terms, Informal Terms[Navy Informal.]catapult (def. 2).
  14. Military(in medieval warfare) a movable shelter for providing protection when approaching a fortification.
  15. Idiomsbell the cat, to attempt something formidable or dangerous.
  16. Idiomslet the cat out of the bag, to divulge a secret, esp. inadvertently or carelessly:He let the cat out of the bag, and the surprise party wasn't a surprise after all.

v.t. 
  1. to flog with a cat-o'-nine-tails.
  2. Nautical, Naval Termsto hoist (an anchor) and secure to a cathead.

v.i. 
  1. British Termsto vomit.
  2. Slang Termscat around: 
    • to spend one's time aimlessly or idly.
    • to seek sexual activity indiscriminately;
      tomcat.
  • Gmc), Late Latin cattus, catta (first attested in the 4th century, presumably with the introduction of domestic cats); ultimately origin, originally obscure
  • bef. 900; Middle English cat, catte, Old English catt (masculine), catte (feminine); cognate with Old Frisian, Middle Dutch katte, Old High German kazza, Old Norse kǫttr, Irish cat, Welsh cath (Slavic *kotù, Lithuanian katė̃ perh.

Cat1  (kat)USA pronunciation ,
  • [Trademark.]a Caterpillar tractor.

  • CAT, 
    1. Meteorologyclear-air turbulence.
    2. Medicinecomputerized axial tomography. Cf. CAT scanner.

    cat., 
    1. catalog;
      catalogue.
    2. catechism.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    cat /kæt/ n

    1. Also called: domestic cat a small domesticated feline mammal, Felis catus (or domesticus), having thick soft fur and occurring in many breeds in which the colour of the fur varies greatly: kept as a pet or to catch rats and mice
    2. Also called: big cat any of the larger felines, such as a lion or tiger
    3. any wild feline mammal of the genus Felis, such as the lynx or serval, resembling the domestic cat
      Related adjective(s): feline
    4. old-fashioned a woman who gossips maliciously
    5. slang a man; guy
    6. a heavy tackle for hoisting an anchor to the cathead
    7. a short sharp-ended piece of wood used in the game of tipcat
    8. short for catboat
    9. informal
      short for Caterpillar
    10. short for cat-o'-nine-tails
    11. a bag of catsIrish informal a bad-tempered person: she's a real bag of cats this morning
    12. fight like Kilkenny catsto fight until both parties are destroyed
    13. let the cat out of the bagto disclose a secret, often by mistake
    14. like a cat on a hot tin roof, like a cat on hot bricksin an uneasy or agitated state
    15. like cat and dogquarrelling savagely
    16. look like something the cat brought into appear dishevelled or bedraggled
    17. not a cat in hell's chanceno chance at all
    18. not have room to swing a catto have very little space
    19. play cat and mouseto play with a person or animal in a cruel or teasing way, esp before a final act of cruelty or unkindness
    20. put the cat among the pigeonsto introduce some violently disturbing new element
    21. rain cats and dogsto rain very heavily
    vb (cats, catting, catted)
    1. (transitive) to flog with a cat-o'-nine-tails
    2. (transitive) to hoist (an anchor) to the cathead
    3. (intransitive)
      a slang word for vomit
    Etymology: Old English catte, from Latin cattus; related to Old Norse köttr, Old High German kazza, Old French chat, Russian kot

    ˈcatˌlike adj ˈcattish adj
    cat /kæt/ n
    1. informal
      short for catamaran
    cat /kæt/ n
    1. short for catalytic converter
    2. (as modifier): a cat car
    adj
    1. short for catalytic: a cat cracker
    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    CAT abbreviation for
    1. computer-assisted trading
    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    cat. abbreviation for
    1. catalogue
    2. catamaran
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