cat

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cat

Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
cat

Plural
cats

A cat
  1. (countable) A cat is a domestic animal often kept as a pet; it has whiskers and likes to chase mice.
    Our pet cat has just had kittens.
  2. Cats refers to the family of many different wild animals that are related to the domestic cat.
    Lions and tigers are big cats.
  3. A cat is a short-form for a catfish.
  4. (slang) A cat refers to a person who is a prostitute.
  5. A cat refers to a catamaran.
  6. (computing) The cat command, a Unix computer program used to read one or more files and output its contents.
  7. (military) Cat is a short-form for a catapult.

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Verb[change]

Plain form
cat

Third-person singular
cats

Past tense
catted

Past participle
catted

Present participle
catting

  1. (nautical) If you cat an anchor, you lift it onto the cathead.
  2. (slang) If you cat, you vomit out something.
  3. (computing) When you cat, you apply the cat command on a Unix computer.

Adjective[change]

Positive
cat

Comparative
none

Superlative
none

  1. (informal) (Ireland) When something is cat, it is terrible and not good.
    The weather these few days have been cat, so we decided to cancel our outing to the beach.
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