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  12  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cat  \Cat\,  n.  [AS.  cat;  akin  to  D.  &  Dan.  kat,  Sw  kett,  Icel. 
  k["o]ttr,  G.  katze,  kater,  Ir  Cat,  W.  cath,  Armor.  kaz,  LL 
  catus,  Bisc.  catua,  NGr.  ?,  ?,  Russ.  &  Pol.  cot,  Turk.  kedi, 
  Ar  qitt;  of  unknown  origin.  CF  {Ketten}.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  An  animal  of  various  species  of  the  genera 
  {Felis}  and  {Lynx}.  The  domestic  cat  is  {Felis  domestica}. 
  The  European  wild  cat  ({Felis  catus})  is  much  larger  than 
  the  domestic  cat.  In  the  United  States  the  name  {wild  cat} 
  is  commonly  applied  to  the  bay  lynx  ({Lynx  rufus})  See 
  {Wild  cat},  and  {Tiger  cat}. 
 
  Note:  The  domestic  cat  includes  many  varieties  named  from 
  their  place  of  origin  or  from  some  peculiarity;  as  the 
  {Angora  cat};  the  {Maltese  cat};  the  {Manx  cat}. 
 
  Note:  The  word  cat  is  also  used  to  designate  other  animals, 
  from  some  fancied  resemblance;  as  civet  cat,  fisher 
  cat,  catbird,  catfish  shark,  sea  cat. 
 
  2.  (Naut.) 
  a  A  strong  vessel  with  a  narrow  stern,  projecting 
  quarters,  and  deep  waist.  It  is  employed  in  the  coal 
  and  timber  trade 
  b  A  strong  tackle  used  to  draw  an  anchor  up  to  the 
  cathead  of  a  ship.  --Totten. 
 
  3.  A  double  tripod  (for  holding  a  plate,  etc.),  having  six 
  feet,  of  which  three  rest  on  the  ground,  in  whatever 
  position  in  is  placed. 
 
  4.  An  old  game; 
  a  The  game  of  tipcat  and  the  implement  with  which  it  is 
  played.  See  {Tipcat}. 
  c  A  game  of  ball,  called  according  to  the  number  of 
  batters,  one  old  cat,  two  old  cat,  etc 
 
  5.  A  cat  o'  nine  tails.  See  below. 
 
  {Angora  cat},  {blind  cat},  See  under  {Angora},  {Blind}. 
 
  {Black  cat}  the  fisher.  See  under  {Black}. 
 
  {Cat  and  dog},  like  a  cat  and  dog;  quarrelsome;  inharmonious. 
  ``I  am  sure  we  have  lived  a  cat  and  dog  life  of  it.'' 
  --Coleridge. 
 
  {Cat  block}  (Naut.),  a  heavy  iron-strapped  block  with  a  large 
  hook,  part  of  the  tackle  used  in  drawing  an  anchor  up  to 
  the  cathead. 
 
  {Cat  hook}  (Naut.),  a  strong  hook  attached  to  a  cat  block. 
 
  {Cat  nap},  a  very  short  sleep.  [Colloq.] 
 
  {Cat  o'  nine  tails},  an  instrument  of  punishment  consisting 
  of  nine  pieces  of  knotted  line  or  cord  fastened  to  a 
  handle;  --  formerly  used  to  flog  offenders  on  the  bare 
  back 
 
  {Cat's  cradle},  game  played,  esp.  by  children,  with  a  string 
  looped  on  the  fingers  so  as  to  resemble  small  cradle.  The 
  string  is  transferred  from  the  fingers  of  one  to  those  of 
  another,  at  each  transfer  with  a  change  of  form  See 
  {Cratch},  {Cratch  cradle}. 
 
  {To  let  the  cat  out  of  the  bag},  to  tell  a  secret,  carelessly 
  or  willfully.  [Colloq.] 
 
  {Bush  cat},  the  serval.  See  {Serval}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cat  \Cat\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {tted};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Catting}.]  (Naut.) 
  To  bring  to  the  cathead;  as  to  cat  an  anchor.  See  {Anchor}. 
  --Totten. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cat 
  n  1:  feline  mammal  usually  having  thick  soft  fur  and  being  unable 
  to  roar;  domestic  cats;  wildcats  [syn:  {true  cat}] 
  2:  an  informal  term  for  a  youth  or  man;  "a  nice  guy";  "the 
  guy's  only  doing  it  for  some  doll"  [syn:  {guy},  {hombre}] 
  3:  a  spiteful  woman  gossip;  "what  a  cat  she  is!" 
  4:  a  whip  with  nine  knotted  cords;  "British  sailors  feared  the 
  cat"  [syn:  {cat-o'-nine-tails}] 
  5:  (trademark)  a  tractor  that  is  driven  by  caterpillar  tracks 
  [syn:  {Caterpillar}] 
  6:  any  of  several  large  cats  typically  able  to  roar  and  living 
  in  the  wild  [syn:  {big  cat}] 
  7:  a  method  of  examining  body  organs  by  scanning  them  with  X 
  rays  and  using  a  computer  to  construct  an  image  [syn:  {computed 
  tomography},  {CT},  {computerized  axial  tomography},  {computed 
  axial  tomography},  {CAT}] 
  v  1:  beat  with  a  cat-o'-nine-tails 
  2:  eject  the  contents  of  the  stomach  through  the  mouth;  "After 
  drinking  too  much  the  students  vomited"  [syn:  {vomit},  {vomit 
  up},  {cast},  {sick},  {regurgitate},  {be  sick},  {disgorge}, 
  {regorge},  {retch},  {puke},  {barf},  {spew},  {spue},  {chuck}, 
  {upchuck},  {honk},  {throw  up}]  [ant:  {keep  down}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  cat  [from  `catenate'  via  {{Unix}}  `cat(1)']  vt  1.  [techspeak] 
  To  spew  an  entire  file  to  the  screen  or  some  other  output  sink  without 
  pause  (syn.  {blast}).  2.  By  extension,  to  dump  large  amounts  of  data 
  at  an  unprepared  target  or  with  no  intention  of  browsing  it  carefully. 
  Usage:  considered  silly.  Rare  outside  Unix  sites.  See  also  {dd},  {BLT}. 
 
  Among  Unix  fans,  `cat(1)'  is  considered  an  excellent  example  of 
  user-interface  design,  because  it  delivers  the  file  contents  without 
  such  verbosity  as  spacing  or  headers  between  the  files,  and  because  it 
  does  not  require  the  files  to  consist  of  lines  of  text,  but  works  with 
  any  sort  of  data. 
 
  Among  Unix  haters,  `cat(1)'  is  considered  the  {canonical}  example 
  of  _bad_  user-interface  design,  because  of  its  woefully  unobvious  name 
  It  is  far  more  often  used  to  {blast}  a  file  to  standard  output  than  to 
  concatenate  two  files.  The  name  `cat'  for  the  former  operation  is  just 
  as  unintuitive  as  say  LISP's  {cdr}. 
 
  Of  such  oppositions  are  {holy  wars}  made....  See  also  {UUOC}. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  CAT 
 
  Common  Abstract  Tree  Language.  R.  Voeller  &  Uwe  Schmidt  U 
  Kiel,  Germany  1983.  Universal  intermediate  language,  used  by 
  Norsk  Data  in  their  family  of  compilers.  "A  Multi-Language 
  Compiler  System  with  Automatically  Generated  Codegenerators 
  U.  Schmidt  et  al  SIGPLAN  Notices  19(6):202-2121  (June  1984). 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  cat 
 
    (From  "catenate")  {Unix}'s  command  which  copies  one  or 
  more  entire  files  to  the  screen  or  some  other  output  sink 
  without  pause. 
 
  See  also  {dd},  {BLT}. 
 
  Among  {Unix}  fans,  cat  is  considered  an  excellent  example  of 
  user-interface  design,  because  it  delivers  the  file  contents 
  without  such  verbosity  as  spacing  or  headers  between  the  files 
  (the  {pr}  command  can  be  used  to  do  this),  and  because  it  does 
  not  require  the  files  to  consist  of  lines  of  text,  but  works 
  with  any  sort  of  data. 
 
  Among  Unix  haters,  cat  is  considered  the  {canonical}  example 
  of  *bad*  user-interface  design,  because  of  its  woefully 
  unobvious  name  It  is  far  more  often  used  to  {blast}  a  file 
  to  standard  output  than  to  concatenate  files.  The  name  cat" 
  for  the  former  operation  is  just  as  unintuitive  as  say 
  LISP's  {cdr}. 
 
  Of  such  oppositions  are  {holy  wars}  made 
 
  (1994-11-29) 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  CAT 
  Central  Alaska  Time  [-1000]  TZ 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  CAT 
  Common  Authentication  Technology  (IETF,  RFC  1511) 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  CAT 
  Computer  Aided  Technology  (fair) 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  CAT 
  Computer  Aided  Testing 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  CAT 
  Computer  Aided  Telephony 
 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  CAT,  n.  A  soft,  indestructible  automaton  provided  by  nature  to  be 
  kicked  when  things  go  wrong  in  the  domestic  circle. 
 
  This  is  a  dog, 
  This  is  a  cat. 
  This  is  a  frog, 
  This  is  a  rat. 
  Run,  dog,  mew,  cat. 
  Jump,  frog,  gnaw,  rat. 
  Elevenson 
 
 




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