• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Catfall (Naut) A rope used in hoisting the anchor to the cathead.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n catfall Nautical, the rope which, being rove in the cat-block and cat-head, forms the tackle for heaving up the anchor from the water's edge to the cat-head. Also called cat-tackle fall. See cut under cat-head.
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In literature:

The first captain of the forecastle was an old seaman of the name of Catfall.
"The Wing-and-Wing" by J. Fenimore Cooper