(noun.) feline mammal usually having thick soft fur and no ability to roar: domestic cats; wildcats.
(noun.) a spiteful woman gossip; 'what a cat she is!'.
(verb.) beat with a cat-o'-nine-tails.
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(n.) An animal of various species of the genera Felis 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) See Wild cat, and Tiger cat.
(n.) A strong vessel with a narrow stern, projecting quarters, and deep waist. It is employed in the coal and timber trade.
(n.) A strong tackle used to draw an anchor up to the cathead of a ship.
(n.) A double tripod (for holding a plate, etc.), having six feet, of which three rest on the ground, in whatever position in is placed.
(n.) An old game; (a) The game of tipcat and the implement with which it is played. See Tipcat. (c) A game of ball, called, according to the number of batters, one old cat, two old cat, etc.
(n.) A cat o' nine tails. See below.
(v. t.) To bring to the cathead; as, to cat an anchor. See Anchor.
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n. 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. to raise the anchor to the cathead.—ns. Cat′amount a common name in the United States for the cougar or puma—also called Panther Painter and American lion; Catamoun′tain or Cat o' mountain a leopard panther or ocelot: a wild mountaineer.—adj. ferocious savage.—adj. Cat-and-dog used attributively for quarrelsome.—ns. Cat′-bird an American bird of the thrush family so called on account of the resemblance of its note to the mewing of a cat; Cat′-call a squeaking instrument used in theatres to express dislike of a play: a shrill whistle or cry.—v.i. to sound a cat-call.—v.t. to assail with such.—adj. Cat′-eyed having eyes like a cat: able to see in the dark.—n. Cat′gut a kind of cord made from the intestines of animals and used as strings for violins harps guitars &c. the cords of clock-makers &c.: the violin or other stringed instrument: a coarse corded cloth.—adj. Cat′-hammed with thin hams like a cat's.—ns. Cat′head one of two strong beams of timber projecting from the bow of a ship on each side of the bowsprit through which the ropes pass by which the anchor is raised; Cat′-hole one of two holes in the after part of a ship through which hawsers may pass for steadying the ship or for heaving astern; Cat′hood state of being a cat or having the nature of a cat; Cat′kin a crowded spike or tuft of small unisexual flowers with reduced scale-like bracts as in the willow hazel &c.; Cat′-lap any thin or poor drink.—adj. Cat′-like noiseless stealthy.—ns. Cat′ling a little cat a kitten: the downy moss on some trees like the fur of a cat: (Shak.) a lute-string; Cat′mint a perennial plant resembling mint said to be so called from the fondness cats have for it; Cat's′-crā′dle a game played by children two alternately taking from each other's fingers an intertwined cord so as always to maintain a symmetrical figure; Cat's′-eye a beautiful variety of quartz so called from the resemblance which the reflection of light from it bears to the light that seems to emanate from the eye of a cat; Cat's-foot a plant called also Ground-ivy; Cat′-sil′ver a variety of silvery mica; Cat's′-meat horses' flesh or the like sold for cats by street dealers; Cat's′-paw (naut.) a light breeze: the dupe or tool of another—from the fable of the monkey who used the paws of the cat to draw the roasting chestnuts out of the fire; Cat's′-tail a catkin: a genus of aquatic plants of the reed kind the leaves of which are sometimes used for making mats seating chairs &c.: a kind of grass.—adj. Cat′-wit′ted small-minded conceited and spiteful.—Catted and fished said of an anchor raised to the cathead and secured to the ship's side.—Bell the cat (see Bell).—Care killed the cat even with his proverbial nine lives.—Cheshire cats are proverbially notable for grinning and Kilkenny cats proverbially fight till each destroys the other.—Rain cats and dogs to pour down heavily.—See which way the cat jumps to watch how things are going to turn before committing one's self.—Turn the cat in the pan to change sides with dexterity.—For Gib-cat Tabby-cat Tom-cat see under Gib Tabby &c.
n. an old name for a coal and timber vessel on the north-east coast of England.—adj. Cat′-rigged having one great fore-and-aft mainsail spread by a gaff at the head and a boom at the foot for smooth water only.
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To dream of a cat, denotes ill luck, if you do not succeed in killing it or driving it from your sight. If the cat attacks you, you will have enemies who will go to any extreme to blacken your reputation and to cause you loss of property. But if you succeed in banishing it, you will overcome great obstacles and rise in fortune and fame. If you meet a thin, mean and dirty-looking cat, you will have bad news from the absent. Some friend lies at death's door; but if you chase it out of sight, your friend will recover after a long and lingering sickness. To hear the scream or the mewing of a cat, some false friend is using all the words and work at his command to do you harm. To dream that a cat scratches you, an enemy will succeed in wrenching from you the profits of a deal that you have spent many days making. If a young woman dreams that she is holding a cat, or kitten, she will be influenced into some impropriety through the treachery of others. To dream of a clean white cat, denotes entanglements which, while seemingly harmless, will prove a source of sorrow and loss of wealth. When a merchant dreams of a cat, he should put his best energies to work, as his competitors are about to succeed in demolishing his standard of dealing, and he will be forced to other measures if he undersells others and still succeeds. To dream of seeing a cat and snake on friendly terms signifies the beginning of an angry struggle. It denotes that an enemy is being entertained by you with the intention of using him to find out some secret which you believe concerns yourself; uneasy of his confidences given, you will endeavor to disclaim all knowledge of his actions, as you are fearful that things divulged, concerning your private life, may become public.
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n. A soft indestructible automaton provided by nature to be kicked when things go wrong in the domestic circle.
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- Are you tired, Cat? Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell To Arms.
- Damn the beast, if he had as many lives as a cat, he would owe them all to me! Arthur Conan Doyle. The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
- Some sailors being aloft in the main-topsail rigging, the captain had ordered them to race down, threatening the hindmost with the cat-of-nine-tails. Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell. North and South.
- The cat leaped down and ripped at a bundle of rags with her tigerish claws, with a sound that it set my teeth on edge to hear. Charles Dickens. Bleak House.
- I would almost as soon believe that the cat curls the end of its tail when preparing to spring, in order to warn the doomed mouse. Charles Darwin. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
- Silica is also met with in the carnelian and we find it constituting jasper, agate, cat’s-eye, onyx and opals. Various. The Wonder Book of Knowledge.
- How often are they coming, Cat? Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell To Arms.
- The cat is the best anarchist. Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom The Bell Tolls.
- The cat plays about her comrade's forefeet or his trunk often, until dogs approach, and then she goes aloft out of danger. Mark Twain. The Innocents Abroad.
- Hold her arms, Miss Abbot: she's like a mad cat. Charlotte Bronte. Jane Eyre.
- There isn't a cat in it, for example? Arthur Conan Doyle. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
- The naturalist may classify the dog and the fox, the house-cat and the tiger together for certain purposes. Walter Lippmann. A Preface to Politics.
- My slippers were thin: I could walk the matted floor as softly as a cat. Charlotte Bronte. Jane Eyre.
- There's plenty of room in my bag, Cat, if you need any. Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell To Arms.
- She was occupied in knitting; a large cat sat demurely at her feet; nothing in short was wanting to complete the beau-ideal of domestic comfort. Charlotte Bronte. Jane Eyre.
- I'm very sorry, Amy, added Beth, who was still a patroness of cats. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- On the contrary, the Moors reverence cats as something sacred. Mark Twain. The Innocents Abroad.
- But she never gave it up until the Spanish soldiers had eaten up all the cats. Mark Twain. The Innocents Abroad.
- Meg wanted me to bring some of her blanc mange, she makes it very nicely, and Beth thought her cats would be comforting. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- They will be jumping about like cats on hot bricks shortly! Fergus Hume. The Island of Fantasy.
- They both looked at her, very much as the cats had looked at them, a little while before. D. H. Lawrence. Women in Love .
- All them old cats _will _run their heads agin milestones,' observed Mr. Weller, in a parenthesis. Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers.
- That is Andros all over; he likes to be the monkey, and use others as cats to pull the chestnuts out of the fire. Fergus Hume. The Island of Fantasy.
- The cats could have jumped double the distance without extraordinary exertion. Mark Twain. The Innocents Abroad.
- With cats, for instance, one naturally takes to catching rats, and another mice, and these tendencies are known to be inherited. Charles Darwin. On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
- Hear him come the four cats in the wheel-barrow--four distinct cats, sir, I pledge you my honour. Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers.
- What can you expect, when you take one's breath away, creeping in like a burglar, and letting cats out of bags like that? Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- But buds will be roses, and kittens cats, more's the pity! Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.
- Sparrows were there, cats were there, dry-rot and wet-rot were there, but it was not otherwise a suggestive spot. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- Cuddle your cats and get over your headache, Bethy. Louisa May Alcott. Little Women.