Definitions of cat

  1. To bring to the cathead; as, to cat an anchor. See Anchor.
  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"
  3. To raise to the cathead and stow there. Cat- beam, the longest beam in a ship.
  4. any of several large cats typically able to roar and living in the wild
  5. feline mammal usually having thick soft fur and being unable to roar; domestic cats; wildcats
  6. a spiteful woman gossip; " what a cat she is!"
  7. a large vehicle that is driven by caterpillar tracks; frequently used for moving earth in construction and farm work
  8. 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.
  9. A strong vessel with a narrow stern, projecting quarters, and deep waist. It is employed in the coal and timber trade.
  10. A strong tackle used to draw an anchor up to the cathead of a ship.
  11. A double tripod ( for holding a plate, etc.), having six feet, of which three rest on the ground, in whatever position in is placed.
  12. 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.
  13. A cat o' nine tails. See below.
  14. A flesh- eating animal; especially, the familiar household pet.
  15. A domestic animal.
  16. A domestic animal, kept to kill mice and rats.
  17. One of various fishes.
  18. A purchase for hoisting an anchor.
  19. A cat o nine tails.
  20. A domestic animal; a kind of ship; a strong tackle or combination of pulleys, to draw an anchor to the cathead; a double tripod, having six feet, and which falls like a cat.
  21. A well- known domestic animal.