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  1. cat
    IPA[kat]
  2. noun

    • 1. a small domesticated carnivorous mammal with soft fur, a short snout, and retractable claws. It is widely kept as a pet or for catching mice, and many breeds have been developed.

    • 2. a wild animal of the cat family:

      a marbled cat
    • 3. used in names of catlike animals of other families, e.g., ring-tailed cat.

    • 4. short for cat-o'-nine-tails

    • 5. short for catfish

    • 6. short for cathead

    • 7. short for catboat

    • 8. (particularly among jazz enthusiasts) a person, especially a man:

      this West Coast cat had managed him since the early 80s the cat went crazy on the horn

    verb

    • 1. raise (an anchor) from the surface of the water to the cathead:

      I kept her off the wind and sailing free until I had the anchor catted
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: cat, plural noun: cats

    • abbreviation

      short for computerized axial tomography

      computer-assisted (or -aided) testing.

    • noun

      short for catalytic converter
    • noun

      short for catamaran
    • noun

      a small domesticated carnivorous mammal with soft fur, a short snout, and retractable claws. It is widely kept as a pet or for catching mice, and many breeds have been developed.

      a wild animal of the cat family:

    • verb

      raise (an anchor) from the surface of the water to the cathead:
    • abbreviation

      short for computerized axial tomography

      computer-assisted (or -aided) testing.

    • noun

      short for catamaran
    • noun

      short for catalytic converter
    • two cats which, according to legend, fought until only their tails remained.
    • used to refer to a difficult or impossible task, typically an attempt to organize a group of people
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