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Definition of 'cat'


  1. feline mammal usually having thick soft fur and no ability to roar: domestic cats; wildcats
       Synonyms: true cat
  2. an informal term for a youth or man; "a nice guy"; "the guy's only doing it for some doll"
       Synonyms: guy 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"
       Synonyms: kat khat qat quat Arabian tea African tea
  5. a whip with nine knotted cords; "British sailors feared the cat"
       Synonyms: cat-o'-nine-tails
  6. a large tracked vehicle that is propelled by two endless metal belts; frequently used for moving earth in construction and farm work
       Synonyms: Caterpillar
  7. any of several large cats typically able to roar and living in the wild
       Synonyms: big 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
       Synonyms: computerized tomography computed tomography CT computerized axial tomography computed axial tomography


  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"
       Synonyms: vomit vomit up purge cast sick be sick disgorge regorge retch puke barf spew spue chuck upchuck honk regurgitate throw up
       Antonyms: keep down

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