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feline

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adjective fe·line \ˈfē-ˌlīn\

Simple Definition of feline

  • : of or relating to the cat family

  • : resembling a cat : like a cat's

Full Definition of feline

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or affecting cats or the cat family

  2. 2 :  resembling a cat: as a :  sleekly graceful b :  sly, treacherous c :  stealthy

feline noun
fe·line·ly adverb
fe·lin·i·ty play \fē-ˈli-nə-tē\ noun

Examples of feline

  1. They move with feline agility.

  2. <the thief was eerily feline as he moved stealthily through the darkened rooms>



Origin of feline

Latin felinus, from felis


First Known Use: 1681

Rhymes with feline

A-line, affine, airline, align, alkyne, alpine, assign, at sign, balkline, baseline, beeline, benign, bloodline, blue line, blush wine, bovine, bowline, branchline, breadline, bright-line, buntline, bustline, byline, call sign, canine, caprine, carbine, carmine, cervine, chow line, clothesline, cloud nine, coastline, combine, compline, condign, confine, consign, corvine, cosign, cutline, dateline, deadline, decline, define, design, divine, dragline, driveline, earthshine, Einstein, eiswein, end line, enshrine, entwine, equine, ethyne, fall line, fault line, ferine, first-line, flatline, flight line, foul line, fräulein, frontline, front line, goal line, gold mine, grapevine, guideline, hairline, hard-line, hard pine, headline, hemline, high sign, hipline, Holbein, hotline, ice wine, incline, indign, in fine, in-line, Irvine, jawline, jug wine, landline, land mine, lang syne, lifeline, load line, longline, lupine, mainline, main line, malign, midline, moline, moonshine, neckline, off-line, old-line, online, opine, outline, outshine, ovine, Pauline, peace sign, Petrine, pipeline, piscine, pitch pine, plotline, plumb line, plus sign, pontine, porcine, potline, pound sign, propine, punch line, rapine, recline, redline, red pine, refine, reline, repine, resign, Rhine wine, ridgeline, roofline, Sabine, saline, Scotch pine, scrub pine, setline, shoreline, short line, sideline, sight line, skyline, snow line, soft-line, spring line, straight-line, strandline, straw wine, streamline, strip mine, strychnine, subline, sunshine, supine, syncline, taurine, tie-line, times sign, topline, touchline, towline, tramline, trapline, tree line, trephine, trotline, truckline, trunk line, tumpline, turbine, untwine, ursine, vespine, V sign, vulpine, waistline, white line, white pine, white wine, woodbine, yard line, zebrine, Z line


FELINE Defined for Kids

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feline

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adjective fe·line \ˈfē-ˌlīn\

Definition of feline

  1. 1 :  of or relating to the domestic cat or a related animal (as a lion) <feline anatomy>

  2. 2 :  like or like that of a cat <feline movements>




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feline

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noun fe·line

Definition of feline

  1. :  cat




Medical Dictionary

feline

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adjective fe·line \ˈfē-ˌlīn\

Medical Definition of feline

  1. :  of, relating to, or affecting cats or the family Felidae

  2. feline noun





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