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  Dictionary Definition of cat

CAT
computerised axial tomography.
cat [1]
noun, verb, catted, catting.

-- noun
1. a domesticated carnivore, Felis catus, widely distributed in a number of breeds.
2. any digitate carnivore of the family Felidae, as the lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar, etc., of the genus Felis, and the short-tailed species that constitute the genus Lynx, and especially any of the smaller species of either genus.
3. a spiteful and gossipy woman.
4. cat-o'-nine-tails.
5. catboat.
6. catfish.
7. Nautical a tackle used in hoisting an anchor to the cathead.
8. tipcat.
-- verb (t)
9. to flog with a cat-o'-nine-tails.
10. Nautical to hoist (an anchor) to the cathead.
-- phrase
11. let the cat out of the bag, to disclose information, usually unintentionally.
12. play cat and mouse, play (def. 53).
13. put the cat among the pigeons ; set the cat among the pigeons, to cause a disturbance; introduce a disrupting factor.
14. rain cats and dogs, to rain heavily.
15. see which way the cat jumps, to await the outcome of events (before committing oneself to a decision).
16. the cat's pyjamas ; the cat's whiskers, Colloquial an excellent person, proposal, etc.
[ME; OE catt, catte, c. G Katze, F chat; origin unknown]
-- catlike, adjective