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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gnat  \Gnat\,  n.  [AS.  gn[ae]t.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  blood-sucking  dipterous  fly,  of  the  genus 
  {Culex},  undergoing  a  metamorphosis  in  water.  The  females 
  have  a  proboscis  armed  with  needlelike  organs  for 
  penetrating  the  skin  of  animals.  These  are  wanting  in  the 
  males.  In  America  they  are  generally  called  mosquitoes. 
  See  {Mosquito}. 
 
  2.  Any  fly  resembling  a  Culex  in  form  or  habits;  esp.,  in 
  America,  a  small  biting  fly  of  the  genus  {Simulium}  and 
  allies,  as  the  buffalo  gnat,  the  black  fly,  etc 
 
  {Gnat  catcher}  (Zo["o]l.),  one  of  several  species  of  small 
  American  singing  birds,  of  the  genus  {Polioptila},  allied 
  to  the  kinglets. 
 
  {Gnat  flower},  the  bee  flower. 
 
  {Gnat  hawk}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  European  goatsucker;  --  called 
  also  {gnat  owl}. 
 
  {Gnat  snapper}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  bird  that  catches  gnats. 
 
  {Gnat  strainer},  a  person  ostentatiously  punctilious  about 
  trifles.  Cf  --Matt.  xxiii.  24. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gnat 
  n  1:  any  of  various  small  biting  flies:  midges;  biting  midges; 
  black  flies;  sand  flies 
  2:  British  usage 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  Gnat 
 
    An  {Ada}  {compiler}  written  in  {Ada}  using 
  the  {gcc}  {code  generator}  to  allow  easy  {porting}  to  a 
  variety  of  {platforms}.  Gnat  is  the  only  Ada  compiler  that 
  completely  implements  the  Ada  standard,  including  all  the 
  annexes. 
 
  The  compiler  is  released  under  the  {GNU}  license  and  is 
  currently  maintained  by  {Ada  Core  Technologies}  (ACT). 
 
  {Home  (http://www.gnat.com/)}. 
 
  (1999-06-24) 
 
 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Gnat 
  only  in  Matt.  23:24,  a  small  two-winged  stinging  fly  of  the 
  genus  Culex,  which  includes  mosquitoes.  Our  Lord  alludes  here  to 
  the  gnat  in  a  proverbial  expression  probably  in  common  use  "who 
  strain  out  the  gnat;"  the  words  in  the  Authorized  Version, 
  "strain  at  a  gnat,"  being  a  mere  typographical  error,  which  has 
  been  corrected  in  the  Revised  Version.  The  custom  of  filtering 
  wine  for  this  purpose  was  common  among  the  Jews.  It  was  founded 
  on  Lev.  11:23.  It  is  supposed  that  the  "lice,"  Ex  8:16  (marg. 
  R.V.,  "sand-flies"),  were  a  species  of  gnat. 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  GNAT 
  GNU  Ada  Translator  (GNU) 
 
 




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