cat

noun, often attributive
\ ˈkat How to pronounce cat (audio) \

Definition of cat

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a : 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 (such as the domestic cat, lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar, cougar, wildcat, lynx, and cheetah)
2a : guy some young … cat asked me to go drinking with him— Jack Kerouac
b : a player or devotee of jazz
3 : a strong tackle used to hoist an anchor to the cathead of a ship
7 : a malicious woman especially : one given to making catty remarks about other women

cat

verb
catted; catting

Definition of cat (Entry 2 of 5)

intransitive verb

usually vulgar : to search for a sexual mate often used with around

transitive verb

: to bring (an anchor) up to the cathead

Definition of cat (Entry 3 of 5)

1 catalog
2 catalyst
\ ˈkat How to pronounce Cat (audio) \

Definition of Cat (Entry 4 of 5)

used for a Caterpillar tractor

Definition of CAT (Entry 5 of 5)

1 clean-air turbulence
2 computerized axial tomography

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Synonyms for cat

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of cat in a Sentence

Noun I have two dogs and a cat. the family's cat did an exemplary job of keeping the house and yard free of all rodents
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The day before he was diagnosed Dec. 13, Whitmore, 89, walked several blocks to check on a cat at one of his rental properties in the Fresno High area. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Last survivor of 1958′s first ascent of El Capitan dies of COVID-19," 4 Jan. 2021 Just over a year on from a black cat stealing the show at an NFL game in New York after Halloween, a dog pretty much did the same in Bolivia over the Christmas holidays. Ben Morse, CNN, "Football's wacky ending to 2020: A dog pitch invasion and a new manager greeted with a clown song," 31 Dec. 2020 Coffee shops where patrons can cuddle with a cat or pet a dog have sprung up in cities around the world in recent years. Danielle Beurteaux, Scientific American, "Exotic Animal Cafés Featuring Otters, Lizards and Owls Raise Alarms," 30 Dec. 2020 Ancient art unveiled in South America, on the other hand, included a 2,000-year-old Nazca Line etching of a lounging cat. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ninety Fascinating Finds Revealed in 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 A few years back, training AIs at just one task, like recognizing a cat in photos, was an accomplishment. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Google develops an AI that can learn both chess and Pac-Man," 24 Dec. 2020 Joe tries to convince her that living is actually rather great on a thoughtful adventure involving cool music, body swapping and a cat. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "How Pixar’s afterlife movie ‘Soul’ is giving us life at the end of a dreadful 2020," 23 Dec. 2020 Animal: Buttercup, a 4-year-old torbie cat; No. 673472. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Special needs cat looking for home," 21 Dec. 2020 Now, 10 years later, Ying and Chung share an apartment with Sum, their 9-year-old daughter, a gray parrot, a white cat and a palm-size hamster. NBC News, "She wants out. He's not sure. Hong Kong splits apart as China tightens its grip.," 15 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Cat knew how to draw out the best in his son athletically and emotionally. Joseph Goodman, AL.com, "On Willie Mays, his father and the final childhood summer of the Say Hey Kid," 17 June 2017 Cat Mountain Tr., 1400 block: Theft of property ($100-$750). Mitch Mitchell, star-telegram.com, "Police report: Suspect in Denton murder back in Texas," 16 June 2017 Cat prowled beneath the shelf, but had no way to reach my little fish. Elisabeth Egan, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award finalist: "Water like air" by Rebecca Wurtz," 10 June 2017 Q. How worried should cat owners be about the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, especially with babies in the house? Karen Weintraub, New York Times, "How Worried Should Cat Owners Be About Toxoplasmosis?," 8 June 2017 Go to Cat Tuong in Kastanienallee for wow-factor vegan/vegetarian Vietnamese dishes— Alexandra Pereira, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Enjoy Berlin's Nightlife Like a Local," 8 May 2017 Today, the government is trying hard to eliminate cats from the landscape and is even involved in the invention of new cat poisons and gory things, which are upsetting to cat lovers. Martin Mejia, National Geographic, "How Cats Clawed Their Way Into Our Hearts," 13 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of cat

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1681, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for cat

Noun

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

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Time Traveler for cat

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The first known use of cat was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

20 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Cat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cat. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for cat

cat

noun
\ ˈkat How to pronounce cat (audio) \

Kids Definition of cat

1 : a common furry meat-eating animal kept as a pet or for catching mice and rats
2 : any of a family of mammals (as the lion, tiger, and leopard) to which the domestic cat belongs

cat

noun, often attributive
\ ˈkat How to pronounce cat (audio) \

Medical Definition of cat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a carnivorous mammal (Felis catus) long domesticated and kept as a pet or for catching rats and mice
2 : any of a family (Felidae) of mammals including the domestic cat, lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar, cougar, wildcat, lynx, and cheetah

Medical Definition of CAT (Entry 2 of 2)

computed axial tomography; computerized axial tomography

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