Pronunciation: kăt
n.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.
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; as, British sailors feared the cat.
6.A catamaran.
Angora cat
See under Angora, Blind.
Black cat
the fisher. See under Black.
Cat and dog
like a cat and dog; quarrelsome; inharmonious.
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.
- Coleridge.
Cat hook
(Naut.) a strong hook attached to a cat block.
Cat nap
a very short sleep.
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.
Bush cat
the serval. See Serval.
v. t.1.(Naut.) To bring to the cathead; as, to cat an anchor. See Anchor.
[imp. & p. p. Catted; p. pr. & vb. n. Catting.]
Noun1.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"
Synonyms: guy, hombre, bozo
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
Synonyms: Caterpillar
7.catcat - 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
Verb1.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 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.
Computer Aided Testing To see a cat in your dream, signifies much misfortune, treachery, and bad luck. However, for the cat lover, cats signify an independent spirit, feminine sexuality, creativity, and power. If the cat is aggressive, then it suggests that you are having problems with the feminine aspect of yourself. To dream that you chase the cat away, signifies that you will overcome your obstacles. To see a white cat in your dream, denotes that you are going through difficult times. To see a black cat in your dream, indicates that you are experiencing some fear in using your psychic abilities and believing in your intuition. You may erroneously associate the black cat with evil, destruction, and bad luck.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
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Cat 3
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Cat and dog
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Cat block
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