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cat1 British & World English

A small domesticated carnivorous mammal with soft fur, a short snout, and retractile claws. It is widely kept as a pet or for catching mice, and many breeds have been developed

cat2 British & World English

Short for catalytic converter.

cat3 British & World English

Short for catamaran.

CAT British & World English

Clear air turbulence

cat English Thesaurus

their pet cat

cata- British & World English

Down; downwards

computerized axial tomography British & World English

A form of tomography in which a computer controls the motion of the X-ray source and detectors, processes the data, and produces the image

CAT in computerized axial tomography British & World English

A form of tomography in which a computer controls the motion of the X-ray source and detectors, processes the data, and produces the image

a kick at the can British & World English

An opportunity to achieve something

Cat in Kit-Cat Club British & World English

An association of prominent Whigs and literary figures founded in the early part of the 18th century. According to Alexander Pope its members included Richard Steele, Joseph Addison, William Congreve, and John Vanbrugh

big cat British & World English

Any of the large members of the cat family, including the lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar, snow leopard, clouded leopard, cheetah, and puma

cat ice British & World English

Thin ice from under which the water has receded

cat rig British & World English

The rig of a catboat with the single mast placed far forward

cat-sit British & World English

Stay in someone’s house while they are away and look after their cat or cats

fat cat British & World English

A wealthy and powerful person, especially a business person or politician

kit-cat British & World English

A canvas of a standard size (typically 36 × 28 in., 91.5 × 71 cm), especially as used for a life-size portrait (kit-cat portrait) showing the sitter’s head, shoulders, and one or both hands

kit-cat New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

canvas used for life-size portraits showing the head, shoulders, and one or both hands

alley cat British & World English

A cat that lives wild in a town

cat-bear British & World English

Another term for red panda.

cat flap British & World English

A small hinged flap in an outer door, through which a cat may enter or leave a building

cat food British & World English

Commercially prepared food for pet cats

CAT scan British & World English

An X-ray image made using computerized axial tomography

cat shark British & World English

A small bottom-dwelling shark that has catlike eyes and small dorsal fins set well back, inhabiting warmer waters

cat train British & World English

A crawler tractor pulling a train of sleighs across snow or ice

house cat British & World English

A domestic cat, especially one kept as a household pet

Manx cat British & World English

A cat of a breed having no tail or an extremely short one

sand cat British & World English

A small wild cat with a plain yellow to greyish coat, a dark-ringed tail, and large eyes, of the deserts of North Africa and SW Asia

tiger cat British & World English

A small forest cat that has a light brown coat with dark stripes and blotches, native to Central and South America

toddy cat British & World English

The common palm civet of Asia, which is noted for its habit of stealing toddy from the bamboo tubes placed to collect it from palm trunks

cat burglar British & World English

A thief who enters a building by climbing to an upper storey

cat ladder British & World English

A ladder used for working on a sloping roof, with a hook at one end and pads to spread the load

cat's ear British & World English

A plant which resembles the dandelion, with yellow flowers and rosettes of leaves

cat's eye British & World English

A semi-precious stone, especially chalcedony, with a band of bright lustre

cat's paw British & World English

A person who is used by another to carry out an unpleasant or dangerous task

channel cat British & World English

A common North American freshwater catfish which has a pale blue to olive back with dark spots

fishing cat British & World English

A small wild cat found in wetland habitats in India and SE Asia, having a light brown coat with dark spots, a ringed tail, and slightly webbed paws

fraidy cat British & World English

A child’s term for a timid or fearful person, often used as a taunt when addressed to another child

golden cat British & World English

A small forest-dwelling cat found in Africa and Asia

jungle cat British & World English

A small wild cat that has a yellowish or greyish coat with dark markings on the legs and tail, living in dry forests from Egypt to SE Asia

leopard cat British & World English

A small East Asian wild cat that has a yellowish-brown coat with black spots and often lives near water

native cat British & World English

Australian term for quoll.

Pallas's cat British & World English

A small wild cat that has a long orange-grey coat with black-and-white head markings, occurring in the mountains of central Asia

cat's foot British & World English

A small white-flowered creeping plant of the daisy family, with soft white hairs on the flowering stems and undersides of the leaves

cat's tail British & World English

A plant with long, thin parts suggestive of cats' tails, in particular:

Cheshire cat British & World English

A cat depicted with a broad fixed grin, as popularized through Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)

marmalade cat British & World English

A cat with orange fur and darker orange markings


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