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Noun: cat  kat
  1. Feline mammal usually having thick soft fur; includes domestic cats, lions and tigers
    - true cat
  2. A domesticated cat, commonly kept as a pet
    - domestic cat, house cat, Felis domesticus, Felis catus, kitty [informal], kitty-cat [informal], puss [informal], pussy [informal], pussycat [informal], mog [Brit, informal], moggie [Brit, informal], moggy [Brit, informal]
  3. Any of several large cats typically able to roar and living in the wild
    - big cat
  4. [N. Amer, informal] An adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)
    - man, adult male, geezer [Brit, informal], guy [informal], hombre [Brit, N. Amer, informal], bozo [N. Amer, informal], sod [informal], chappie [Brit, informal]
  5. [informal] A spiteful woman gossip
    "what a cat she is!"
  6. 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 cat is used daily by 85% of adults";
    - kat, khat, qat, quat, Arabian tea, African tea
  7. A whip with nine knotted cords
    "British sailors feared the cat";
    - cat-o'-nine-tails
  8. (trademark) a large tracked vehicle that is propelled by two endless metal belts; frequently used for moving earth in construction and farm work
    - Caterpillar
Verb: cat (catted,catting)  kat
  1. Beat with a cat-o'-nine-tails
  2. [informal] Eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
    - vomit, vomit up, purge, sick, be sick, disgorge, regorge [archaic], retch, barf [informal], spew [informal], spue [archaic], chuck [informal], upchuck [N. Amer, informal], honk [Brit, informal], regurgitate, throw up, vom [informal], keck [informal], hurl [informal], chuck up [Brit, informal], chunder [Brit, informal], boke [UK, dialect], boak [UK, dialect]
  3. (nautical) hoist an anchor so that it hangs at the cathead
Noun: CAT
  1. 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
    - computerized tomography, computed tomography, CT, computerized axial tomography, computed axial tomography, computerised tomography [Brit], computerised axial tomography [Brit]

Derived forms: cats, catted, catting

Type of: adult, adult female, domestic animal, domesticated animal, egest, eliminate, excitant, excrete, felid, feline, flog, gossip, gossiper, gossipmonger, grownup, lash, lather, male, male person, newsmonger, pass, rumormonger [US], rumourmonger [Brit, Cdn], slash, stimulant, stimulant drug, strap, tracked vehicle, trounce, welt, whale [N. Amer, informal], whip, woman, X-radiation, X-raying

Part of: clowder, family Felidae, Felidae, Felis, genus Felis

Encyclopedia: Cat, Dog, & Co