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English Dictionary: cat by the DICT Development Group
6 results for cat
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
cat
n
  1. feline mammal usually having thick soft fur and no ability to roar: domestic cats; wildcats
    Synonym(s): cat, true cat
  2. an informal term for a youth or man; "a nice guy"; "the guy's only doing it for some doll"
    Synonym(s): guy, cat, hombre, bozo
  3. a spiteful woman gossip; "what a cat she is!"
  4. the leaves of the shrub Catha edulis which are chewed like tobacco or used to make tea; has the effect of a euphoric stimulant; "in Yemen kat is used daily by 85% of adults"
    Synonym(s): kat, khat, qat, quat, cat, Arabian tea, African tea
  5. a whip with nine knotted cords; "British sailors feared the cat"
    Synonym(s): cat-o'-nine-tails, cat
  6. a large tracked vehicle that is propelled by two endless metal belts; frequently used for moving earth in construction and farm work
    Synonym(s): Caterpillar, cat
  7. any of several large cats typically able to roar and living in the wild
    Synonym(s): big cat, cat
  8. a method of examining body organs by scanning them with X rays and using a computer to construct a series of cross- sectional scans along a single axis
    Synonym(s): computerized tomography, 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"; "He purged continuously"; "The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night"
    Synonym(s): vomit, vomit up, purge, cast, sick, cat, be sick, disgorge, regorge, retch, puke, barf, spew, spue, chuck, upchuck, honk, regurgitate, throw up
    Antonym(s): keep down
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Cat \Cat\, n. [AS. cat; akin to D. & Dan. kat, Sw. kett, Icel.
      k[94]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[94]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.
            [bd]I am sure we have lived a cat and dog life of it.[b8]
            --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 Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 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.   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....
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [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 (15Feb98) [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)
  
  
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