• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ferreter One who ferrets.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A female ferret can die if she goes into heat and cannot find a mate
    • n ferreter One who uses a ferret in catching or killing rats, rabbits, and other vermin.
    • n ferreter One who pries into the private affairs of others for the purpose of unearthing secrets, or of bringing anything to light.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ferrets sleep around 20 hours a day.
    • n Ferreter one who uses a ferret to catch rabbits, &c.: one who searches minutely
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. furet, a ferret—Low L. furon-em, robber—L. fur, a thief.


In literature:

The ferrets arrived in due course, received the names Burroughs and Welcome, were blessed and turned loose.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Volume 152, March 21, 1917" by Various
In the meantime, Horrocks, or, as he was better known amongst his comrades, "the Ferret," was hot upon the trail of the lost cattle.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
Her eyes, ferreting in Audrey's black, completed the communication.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
I'll ferret this thing out, till I find the true culprit, or my name's not Judith.
"Veronica And Other Friends" by Johanna (Heusser) Spyri
His fright vanished, and his ferret eyes began to rove.
"Lewis Rand" by Mary Johnston
Etta, the girl, was like him, sharp-nosed, ferret-faced, stingy.
"Half Portions" by Edna Ferber
Anyhow, he glibly promised to have a breech-loader and a ferret for young Bourne on the morrow.
"Acton's Feud" by Frederick Swainson
Winter was an adept in ferreting out facts concerning these localities and their denizens.
"The Stowmarket Mystery" by Louis Tracy
By my troth, I 'll ferret out the foulmarts either by force or guile.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
Little ferret eyes like his!
"Gladys, the Reaper" by Anne Beale
I pulled my hand up in the air, the ferret hanging to a finger.
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
It seems that the secret of the expedition was ferreted out by some Pinkerton detectives, who are in the employ of the Spanish.
"The Great Round World and What Is Going On In It, Vol. 1, No. 20, March 25, 1897" by Various
The wee showman wi' the ferret een was too mony for us, an' he jist twisted us round his wee finger as he liked.
"The Underworld" by James C. Welsh
Inside of twenty-four hours he'll ferret out this spot.
"A Daughter of the Dons" by William MacLeod Raine
I.ii.186 (13,8) Looks with such ferret, and such fiery eyes] A ferret has red eyes.
"Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies" by Samuel Johnson
Captain Neal and some of his Rangers ferreted out Clark's relation to this lawless gang, and in the end caught him red-handed.
"The Rustlers of Pecos County" by Zane Grey
And one of the Council visited Domremy to ferret out all the details that could be got at.
"Joan of Arc" by Ronald Sutherland Gower
What, send that vagabond to the carriage to ferret about there!
"The Poor Plutocrats" by Maurus Jókai
Larssen resolved to play for time while he set to work to ferret out his antagonist's motive for the sudden change of plan.
"Swirling Waters" by Max Rittenberg
But we'll ferret him out yet.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 440" by Various

In poetry:

I do not mean to give offence,
But I have vainly striven
To ferret out the difference
'Twixt driver and the driven.
"Billy Vickers" by Henry Kendall
'Tis a subtle kind or spirit
Of a venom-kind of nature,
That can, like a coney-ferret,
Creep unawares upon a creature.
"A Quarrel With Love" by Nicholas Breton
Then finding he'd killed it he out with his knife,
He had gumption beside other merits -
And he cuts open Dragon, and under it's vest.
Safe and sound are the pup and the ferrets.
"St. George and the Dragon" by Weston and Lee
The ferrets they cocked up their noses with joy,
And the old Bull pup's tail kept a-waggin',
Then Uncle George shoves 'em a'side rabbit hole,
And says to 'em 'Go on, fetch Dragon.'
"St. George and the Dragon" by Weston and Lee
Then fellow goes off and old Uncle George thinks,
Of the brass and the bride in old satin,
So he brings out his pup and a pair of his ferrets,
And says to 'em 'We're going ratting.'
"St. George and the Dragon" by Weston and Lee
And was George afraid? Yes, he was and he run,
And he hid there in one of the ditches,
While the Dragon, the pig, ate his ferrets and pup,
Aye, best of his prize-winning er - she dogs.
"St. George and the Dragon" by Weston and Lee

In news:

Children listened to stories about ferrets , learned about their weasel origins, and then met Elend, a live ferret .
Damberger Ferret Fun at the Library Damberger.
Ferret Fun at the Library.
The last known population of 24 wild ferrets was found at Meeteetse, Wyoming.
For 30 years the Zoo has helped breed hundreds of ferrets , but one of the most recent additions is in need of a name.
The ferrets ' decline is intertwined with the war waged on prairie dogs by farmers.
Young female sable ferret .
Currently being taken care of in a ferret friendly home.
Parents of 4-month-old whose fingers were chewed off by a ferret accused of child endangerment.
Or is it the ferrets fault for being what it is, a wild animal.
Second thing is ferrets are a stupid pet.
They didn't hear the baby crying as a ferret was eating its fingers.
This week's wish involves ferrets sleeping in dishes.
WHEN Budd Schulberg dreamed up Sam my Glick the ultimate Hollywood wheeler-dealer, "a little ferret of a kid, sharp and quick" -- back in the 1930's, he meant his novel, "What Makes Sammy Run".
Workers thought man stole ferret, was after turtle.

In science:

We attempt to provide an overview of the rapid progress in the field of DLSS development and ferret out the key open questions and stumbling blocks. A number of specific coronograph designs are discussed in Appendix 11.2.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
Miranda for ferreting out an elusive mistake in a previous version of this paper, E.
A local proof of Petri's conjecture at the general curve
Flores et al., 2008] Flores, J. G., Gillard, L., Ferret, O., and de Chandelar, G. (2008).
MUDOS-NG: Multi-document Summaries Using N-gram Graphs (Tech Report)
The first is toward ferreting out estimates of the linear growth parameter β = Ω0.6/b.
Real-space cosmic fields from redshift-space distributions: a Green function approach
Ferreting Through X (3872) Alternatives”, presented by P.
Precision Measurements of the Timelike Electromagnetic Form Factors of the Pion, Kaon, and Proton
This environment, in which independent groups present estimates of basic physical data for the same stars, is an ideal one for ferreting out systematic differences among their data.
Parent Stars of Extrasolar Planets. VIII. Chemical Abundances for 18 Elements in 31 Stars
If L is a language and W is a set of ob jects, and P (W ) is the set of all subsets of W , then the interpretation function I maps L onto P (W ): I : L ! P (W ): As an example, suppose | is a horse, } is a ferret and ~ is a large stone, and that these are the ob jects in our world.
Constraints, Exceptions and Representations