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Definition cat

Etymology 1

From Middle English cat, catte, from Old English catt (“male cat”), catte (“female cat”), from Proto-Germanic *kattuz.

Noun

cat (plural cats)

  1. An animal of the family Felidae:
    1. A domesticated subspecies (Felis silvestris catus) of feline animal, commonly kept as a house pet. [from 8c.]
    2. Any similar animal of the family Felidae, which includes lions, tigers, bobcats, etc.
  2. A person:
    1. (offensive) A spiteful or angry woman. [from earlier 13c.]
    2. An enthusiast or player of jazz.
    3. (slang) A person (usually male).
    4. (slang) A prostitute. [from at least early 15c.]
  3. (nautical) A strong tackle used to hoist an anchor to the cathead of a ship.
  4. (chiefly nautical) Short form of cat-o'-nine-tails.
  5. (archaic) A sturdy merchant sailing vessel (now only in "catboat").
  6. (archaic, uncountable) The game of "trap and ball" (also called "cat and dog").
    1. The trap of the game of "trap and ball".
  7. (archaic) The pointed piece of wood that is struck in the game of tipcat.
  8. (slang, vulgar, African American Vernacular) A vagina, a vulva; the female external genitalia.
  9. A double tripod (for holding a plate, etc.) with six feet, of which three rest on the ground, in whatever position it is placed.
  10. (historical) A wheeled shelter, used in the Middle Ages as a siege weapon to allow assailants to approach enemy defences.
Verb

cat (third-person singular simple present cats, present participle catting, simple past and past participle catted)

  1. (nautical, transitive) To hoist (the anchor) by its ring so that it hangs at the cathead.
  2. (nautical, transitive) To flog with a cat-o'-nine-tails.
  3. (slang) To vomit something.
  4. To go wandering at night.
  5. To gossip in a catty manner.

Etymology 2

Abbreviation of catamaran.

Noun

cat (plural cats)

  1. A catamaran.

Etymology 3

Abbreviation of catenate.

Noun

cat (plural cats)

  1. (computing) A program and command in Unix that reads one or more files and directs their content to the standard output.
Verb

cat (third-person singular simple present cats, present participle catting, simple past and past participle catted)

  1. (computing, transitive) To apply the cat command to (one or more files).
  2. (computing, slang) To dump large amounts of data on (an unprepared target) usually with no intention of browsing it carefully.

Etymology 4

Possibly a shortened form of catastrophic.

Adjective

cat (not comparable)

  1. (Ireland, informal) Terrible, disastrous.

Etymology 5

Shortened from methcathinone.

Noun

cat (uncountable)

  1. (slang) A street name of the drug methcathinone.

Etymology 6

Shortened from catapult.

Noun

cat (plural cats)

  1. (military, naval) A catapult.

Etymology 7

Noun

cat (plural cats)

  1. Abbreviation of category.

Etymology 8

Noun

cat (plural cats)

  1. Abbreviation of catfish.

Etymology 9

Abbreviation of caterpillar.

Noun

cat (plural cats)

  1. (slang) Any of a variety of earth-moving machines. (from their manufacturer Caterpillar Inc.)
  2. A caterpillar drive vehicle (a ground vehicle which uses caterpillar tracks), especially tractors, trucks, minibuses, and snow groomers.

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