|n.||1.||(Zool.) Any animal belonging to the natural family |
Laying aside their often rancorous debate over how best to preserve the
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.
|2.||(Naut.) A strong vessel with a narrow stern, projecting quarters, and deep waist. It is employed in the coal and timber trade.|
|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;|
|5.||same as cat o' nine tails; |
|v. t.||1.||(Naut.) To bring to the cathead; |
|Noun||1.||cat - feline mammal usually having thick soft fur and being unable to roar; domestic cats; wildcats|
Synonyms: true cat
|2.||cat - an informal term for a youth or man; "a nice guy"; "the guy's only doing it for some doll"|
|3.||cat - a spiteful woman gossip; "what a cat she is!"|
|4.||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"|
|5.||cat - a whip with nine knotted cords; "British sailors feared the cat"|
|6.||cat - a large vehicle that is driven by caterpillar tracks; frequently used for moving earth in construction and farm work|
|7.||cat - any of several large cats typically able to roar and living in the wild|
Synonyms: big cat
|8.||CAT - 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|
|Verb||1.||cat - beat with a cat-o'-nine-tails|
|2.||cat - 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"|
|1.||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).|
|2.||(tool)||cat - (From "catenate") Unix's command which copies one or
more entire files to the screen or some other output sink
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.