cat

Definitions

  • "The cat washed the jackdaw in its turn."
    "The cat washed the jackdaw in its turn."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v 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"
    • v cat beat with a cat-o'-nine-tails
    • n 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
    • n cat feline mammal usually having thick soft fur and no ability to roar: domestic cats; wildcats
    • n cat any of several large cats typically able to roar and living in the wild
    • n cat a large tracked vehicle that is propelled by two endless metal belts; frequently used for moving earth in construction and farm work
    • n cat a whip with nine knotted cords "British sailors feared the cat"
    • n 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"
    • n cat a spiteful woman gossip "what a cat she is!"
    • n cat an informal term for a youth or man "a nice guy","the guy's only doing it for some doll"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Three children holding firewood, in front of the fireplace with a cat Three children holding firewood, in front of the fireplace with a cat
THE CAT AND FIDDLE THE CAT AND FIDDLE
DAME TROT AND HER CAT DAME TROT AND HER CAT
The Cat and Venus The Cat and Venus
The Cat and the Ogre The Cat and the Ogre
Pinocchio Meets the Cat and the Fox Pinocchio Meets the Cat and the Fox
THE CAT OF NABÉSHIMA THE CAT OF NABÉSHIMA
Portrait of a cat Portrait of a cat

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, dogs only have about ten
    • cat A catamaran.
    • cat A double tripod (for holding a plate, etc.), having six feet, of which three rest on the ground, in whatever position it is placed.
    • cat A game of ball, called, according to the number of batters, one old cat two old cat, etc.
    • cat (Naut) A strong tackle used to draw an anchor up to the cathead of a ship.
    • cat (Naut) A strong vessel with a narrow stern, projecting quarters, and deep waist. It is employed in the coal and timber trade.
    • cat An old game;
    • cat (Zoöl) 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. "Laying aside their often rancorous debate over how best to preserve the Florida panther, state and federal wildlife officials, environmentalists, and independent scientists endorsed the proposal, and in 1995 the eight cats female Texas cougars] were brought from Texas and released. . . . 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."
    • cat same as cat o' nine tails; as, British sailors feared the cat .
    • cat The game of tipcat and the implement with which it is played. See Tipcat.
    • v. t Cat (Naut) To bring to the cathead; as, to cat an anchor. See Anchor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Research on pigs led to the development of CAT scans.
    • n cat A domesticated carnivorous quadruped of the family Felidæ and genus Felis, F. domestica. It is uncertain whether any animal now existing in a wild state is the ancestor of the domestic cat; probably it is descended from a cat originally domesticated in Egypt, though some regard the wildcat of Europe, F. catus, as the feral stock. The wildcat is much larger than the domestic cat, strong and ferocious, and very destructive to poultry, lambs, etc.
    • n cat In general, any digitigrade carnivorous quadruped of the family Felidæ, as the lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar, etc., especially of the genus Felis, and more particularly one of the smaller species of this genus; and of the short-tailed species of the genus Lynx.
    • n cat A ferret.
    • n cat A gossipy, meddlesome woman given to scandal and intrigue.
    • n cat A catfish.
    • n cat A whip: a contraction of cat-o'-nine-tails.
    • n cat A double tripod having six feet: so called because it always lands on its feet, as a cat is proverbially said to do.
    • n cat In the middle ages, a frame of heavy timber with projecting pins or teeth, hoisted up to the battlements, ready to be dropped upon assailants. Also called prickly cat.
    • n cat A piece of wood tapering to a point at both ends, used in playing tip-cat.
    • n cat The game of tip-cat. Also called cat-and-dog.
    • n cat In faro, the occurrence of two cards of the same denomination out of the last three in the deck.
    • n cat In coal-mining, a clunchy rock. See clunch.
    • n cat [Apparently in allusion to the sly and deceitful habits of the cat.] A mess of coarse meal, clay, etc., placed on dovecotes, to allure strangers.
    • n cat In plastering, that portion of the first rough coat which fills the space between the laths, often projecting at the back, and serving to hold the plaster firmly to the walls.
    • n cat The salt which crystallizes about stakes placed beneath the holes in the bottom of the troughs in which salt is put to drain.
    • n cat A ship formed on the Norwegian model, having a narrow stern, projecting quarters, and a deep waist.
    • n cat Nautical, a tackle used in hoisting an anchor from the hawse-hole to the cat-head.
    • cat To draw (an anchor) up to the cat-head.
    • cat To fill with soft clay, as the intervals between laths: as, a chimney well catted.
    • cat To fish for catfish.
    • n cat An abbreviated form of catamaran.
    • n cat The form of cata- before a vowel.
    • n cat In medieval warfare, a machine resembling the pluteus, under the protection of which soldiers worked in sapping walls and fosses.
    • n cat plural In mining, burnt clay used for tamping.
    • n cat Same as channel-cat.
    • cat To act after the manner of soft clay or mortar in filling crevices.
    • cat An abbreviation of Catalan: [lowercase] of catalogue; of catechism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The DNA of humans is closer to a rat than a cat
    • n Cat kat a common domestic animal kept to devour mice: a spiteful woman: a movable pent-house used for their protection by besiegers: a double tripod with six legs: a piece of wood tapering at each end, struck with the Cat-stick in the game of tip-cat, this game itself: short for the Cat-o'-nine′-tails, an instrument of punishment consisting of a whip with nine tails or lashes, with three or four knots on each, once used in the army and navy
    • v.t Cat to raise the anchor to the cathead
    • adj Cat ferocious, savage
    • v.i Cat to sound a cat-call
    • v.t Cat to assail with such
    • n Cat kat an old name for a coal and timber vessel on the north-east coast of England
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Quotations

  • Winston Churchill
    Winston%20Churchill
    “Always remember, a cat looks down on man, a dog looks up to man, but a pig will look man right in the eye and see his equal.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    Miguel%20De%20Cervantes
    “Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “The cat, having sat upon a hot stove lid, will not sit upon a hot stove lid again. But he won't sit upon a cold stove lid, either.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “A scalded cat dreads cold water.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham%20Lincoln
    “No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.”
  • Alexander Pope
    Alexander%20Pope
    “Die and endow a college or a cat.”

Idioms

All cats are grey in the dark - Things are indistinguishable in the dark so appearances don't matter.('All cats are grey at night' is also used.)
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Bell the cat - To bell the cat is to perform a difficult or impossible task.
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Between you and me and the cat's whiskers - This idiom is used when telling someone something that you want them to keep secret.
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Cat among the pigeons - If something or someone puts, or sets or lets, the cat among the pigeons, they create a disturbance and cause trouble.
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Cat and dog life - If people lead a cat and dog life, they are always arguing.
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Cat burglar - A cat burglar is a skillful thief who breaks into places without disturbing people or setting off alarms.
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Cat fur and kitty britches - (USA) When I used to ask my grandma what was for dinner, she would say 'cat fur and kitty britches'. This was her Ozark way of telling me that I would get what she cooked. (Ozark is a region in the center of the United States)
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Cat got your tongue? - If someone asks if the cat has got your tongue, they want to know why you are not speaking when they think you should.
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Cat nap - If you have a short sleep during the day, you are cat napping.
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Cat's arse and cabbage - (UK) The idiom "cat fur and kitty britches" reminded me of this saying that my granny used when asked what was for dinner, and was her way too of saying you get what you're given! This was in Gloucestershire, UK and in the first part of the 20th century.
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Cat's lick - (Scot) A cat's lick is a very quick wash.
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Cat's pajamas - (USA) Something that is the cat's pajamas is excellent.
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Cat's whiskers - Something excellent is the cat's whiskers.
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Cool as a cat - To act fine when you a actually scared or nervous
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Curiosity killed the cat - As cats are naturally curious animals, we use this expression to suggest to people that excessive curiosity is not necessarily a good thing, especially where it is not their business.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. cat,; akin to D. & Dan. kat, Sw. katt, Icel. köttr, G. katze, kater, Ir. cat, W. cath, Armor. kaz, LL. catus, Bisc. catua, NGr. ga`ta ga`tos, Russ. & Pol. kot, Turk. kedi, Ar. qitt,; of unknown origin. Cf. Kitten

Usage

In literature:

I'd rather be nicknamed 'Manx cat' than to be called 'lean cat,' wouldn't you?
"Tabitha at Ivy Hall" by Ruth Alberta Brown
A gentleman having given Dick a penny for cleaning his shoes, he thought he would buy a cat with it.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
He had slain the bear and the buffalo, the wild cat and the cougar.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Cats certainly get much attached to individuals, as well as to houses and articles in them.
"Heads and Tales" by Various
The rope rove for the cat-purchase, by which the anchor is raised to the cat-head or catted.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Cats sun themselves on walls or squat about gnawing fish bones.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
The following domestic animals are suggested as being suitable for study: horse, cow, sheep, dog, cat, goose, duck, hen.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
A muffled cat was ne'er a gude hunter.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Let us take the great cats.
"This Simian World" by Clarence Day
Again, it seemed to him that he caught the gleam of a round, yellow ball of light, such as one sees when looking toward a cat in the dark.
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell
She had twenty-seven cats!
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
He was flunkeying for a telephone outfit building a line to Bear Cat.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
But don't forget the cat.
"Clematis" by Bertha B. Cobb
The only other ornament was a papier-mache figure of a cat, a cat reminiscent of the Lady Vere de Vere.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
They ought not to play with the cat, because a cat is a wicked animal.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
MY mother was the best of cats.
"Pussy and Doggy Tales" by Edith Nesbit
When a dog chases a cat and corners it, the cat turns and defends itself with its claws.
"The Wonders of the Jungle, Book Two" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
And Mrs. Grimalkin, the old cat, said that there were faults on both sides.
"Little Folks (July 1884)" by Various
That is why I am at Sleepy Cat holding down a division.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
Just as she had known him as a boy, before their marriage, when he was "cat" on a fishing vessel!
"Mayflower (Flor de mayo)" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
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In poetry:

With kitchen swept, cat fed,
the day will quiet,
I taste my fifty years
here in the cup.
"Turning Fifty" by Judith Wright
‘Gimme a kissy-cuddle'
She'd say to her tibby-cat,
But she never made no mention
Of this here proletariat.
"Ole Kate" by Ezra Pound
And Souter's Leering Lady,
'Neath hat and over fan,
With Souter's cat was ogling
His check-clothed gentleman.
"A Vision Splendid" by Victor James Daley
I saw a proud, mysterious cat,
I saw a proud, mysterious cat
Too proud to catch a mouse or rat—
Mew, mew, mew.
"The Mysterious Cat" by Vachel Lindsay
The cat purs o'th hearthstone;
Th' clock ticks i'th nook;
Th' kettle sings o'th hob; an'
Th' pon hangs o'th hook.t
"Cradle Song" by Edwin Waugh
The cat sleeps in a chimney jam
With ashes in her fur,
An' Tige, from on the yuther side,
He keeps his eye on her.
"Before Bedtime" by John Charles McNeill

In news:

Many cat owners don't know how useful these accessories can be, and only use them for identification and fashion value, when actually they can be used to greatly improve the health, safety or behavior of your cat.
Kitty Tylney and Cat Howard are two teenage girls, living at the home of Cat's grandmother, the Duchess of Norfolk.
Did Fat Cat Bankers Really Turn Against Obama Because He Called Them "Fat Cat Bankers".
Teenage cats do grow up little, cat, door, legs, room, sleep, really, bed, kitten, very.
Lost male cat with mostly white with some gray, long haired cat.
Faithful Friends Animal Society will hold a workshop Dec.1 to make more than 30 cat shelters to give to community members caring for feral cats and managed colonies.
He most likely has a herpes virus of the eye that is not contagious to people or dogs, but he must be an only cat in the household unless the existing cat has tested positive.
Duluth Animal Control and Police are addressing a major cat hoarding situation involving more than 60 cats and kittens.
Seattle Children's Hospital's Cat Immersion Project brings virtual cats to cancer patient.
They are not siblings, but they have been housed together by CATS CATS wants to let the public know that they are currently holding a "two-for-one" sale, in which you can get two kittens for the price of one.
But I know a lot of people think cats need to roam free, so if you're of that mind, please set up a shelter or cozy spot for your cat to get out of the rain, keep warm and to escape from the many dangers that lurk out there.
225 cats are on display both Saturday and Sunday at the Syracuse area cat show in Lakeland .
Laura Bailey provides for homeless cats at her Cat House Feline Sanctuary.
Community Arts of Tecumseh (CAT) received a lease renewal for its facility Monday from the city CAT has been leasing the house in John W Smith Park since March 2010.
Canned cat food not to cat's liking .
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In science:

Unification of some input semantics with the mother node (in Figure 2 under CAT.
Interfacing Constraint-Based Grammars and Generation Algorithms
It can contribute to explanation of several known paradoxes, such as that of Schr¨odinger cat, quantum mechanical Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen locality premise, experiment with two slits, etc. [3, 4].
Wheeler-Feynman Absorber Theory Viewed by Model of Expansive Nondecelerative Universe
We introduce generalized cat states for d-level systems and obtain concise formulas for their entanglement swapping with generalized Bell states.
Entanglement Swapping of Generalized Cat States and Secret Sharing
It has been argued that three or more spatially separated particles in an entangled state (such as a GHZ or cat state [11, 12, 13, 14]) may have similar or even broader applications.
Entanglement Swapping of Generalized Cat States and Secret Sharing
It is first essential to distinguish between GHZ states and cat states.
Entanglement Swapping of Generalized Cat States and Secret Sharing
These two polygons represent the two multi-particle cat states obtained after the manipulation.
Entanglement Swapping of Generalized Cat States and Secret Sharing
In fact in almost any of the communication protocols mentioned above, the information to be transferred is encoded in the type of the labels of the cat states involved.
Entanglement Swapping of Generalized Cat States and Secret Sharing
For this reason one needs also a simple pencil and paper rule for determining the types and the labels of the cat states involved in a swapping process.
Entanglement Swapping of Generalized Cat States and Secret Sharing
In section 3 we derive simple graphical rules for entanglement swapping of d-level Bell and cat states.
Entanglement Swapping of Generalized Cat States and Secret Sharing
Entanglement swapping is nothing but tensor multiplying two cat states, expanding them in the computational basis of the product space, swapping a subset of particles and then re-expanding the resulting state in terms of the new cat states.
Entanglement Swapping of Generalized Cat States and Secret Sharing
FIG. 1: Circuit for constructing d-level cat states.
Entanglement Swapping of Generalized Cat States and Secret Sharing
We will see that this type of rule will also hold true with slight modifications in swapping of Bell states and cat states.
Entanglement Swapping of Generalized Cat States and Secret Sharing
We now derive formulas for swapping Bell states and cat states.
Entanglement Swapping of Generalized Cat States and Secret Sharing
It is customary to represent a cat state by a polygon.
Entanglement Swapping of Generalized Cat States and Secret Sharing
However a cat state is not symmetric and a polygon can not represent it properly.
Entanglement Swapping of Generalized Cat States and Secret Sharing
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