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cat

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noun, often attributive \ˈkat\

Definition of cat

  1. 1 a :  a carnivorous mammal (Felis catus) long domesticated as a pet and for catching rats and mice b :  any of a family (Felidae) of carnivorous usually solitary and nocturnal mammals (as the domestic cat, lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar, cougar, wildcat, lynx, and cheetah)

  2. 2 :  a malicious woman

  3. 3 :  a strong tackle used to hoist an anchor to the cathead of a ship

  4. 4 a :  catboat b :  catamaran

  5. 5 :  cat-o'-nine-tails

  6. 6 :  catfish

  7. 7 a :  a player or devotee of jazz b :  guy

Examples of cat in a sentence

  1. I have two dogs and a cat.

  2. <the family's cat did an exemplary job of keeping the house and yard free of all rodents>

Origin and Etymology of cat

Middle English, from Old English catt, probably from Late Latin cattus, catta cat


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Mammals Terms


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cat

verb

Definition of cat

catted

catting

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to search for a sexual mate —often used with around

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to bring (an anchor) up to the cathead

1681

First Known Use of cat

1681


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cat

abbreviation

Definition of cat

  1. 1 catalog

  2. 2 catalyst


Cat

play
trademark \ˈkat\

Definition of Cat

  1. —used for a Caterpillar tractor


CAT

abbreviation

Definition of CAT

  1. 1 clean-air turbulence

  2. 2 computerized axial tomography



CAT Defined for Kids

cat

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noun \ˈkat\

Definition of cat for Students

  1. 1 :  a common furry meat-eating animal kept as a pet or for catching mice and rats

  2. 2 :  any of a family of mammals (as the lion, tiger, and leopard) to which the domestic cat belongs


Medical Dictionary

cat

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noun , often attributive \ˈkat\

Medical Definition of cat

  1. 1:  a carnivorous mammal (Felis catus) long domesticated and kept as a pet or for catching rats and mice

  2. 2:  any of a family (Felidae) of mammals including the domestic cat, lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar, cougar, wildcat, lynx, and cheetah


CAT

abbreviation

Medical Definition of CAT

  1. computed axial tomography; computerized axial tomography



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