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Definition of cat:

  1. A cat o' nine tails. See below.
  2. A double tripod ( for holding a plate, etc.), having six feet, of which three rest on the ground, in whatever position in is placed.
  3. A strong tackle used to draw an anchor up to the cathead of a ship.
  4. A strong vessel with a narrow stern, projecting quarters, and deep waist. It is employed in the coal and timber trade.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. To bring to the cathead; as, to cat an anchor. See Anchor.


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