Webster 1913 Edition
An event; an occurrence; an occasion; a combination of circumstances; a case; an act of God. See the Note under
an event or combination of events which is a cause war, or may be alleged as a justification of war.–
an accident against which due prudence could not have provided. See–
Act of God, under
a case not provided for by the statute.
☞ The domestic cat includes many varieties named from their place of origin or from some peculiarity; as, the
Angora cat; the
Maltese cat; the
Manx cat; the
catis also used to designate other animals, from some fancied resemblance; as, civet
catfish shark, sea
A strong vessel with a narrow stern, projecting quarters, and deep waist. It is employed in the coal and timber trade.
A strong tackle used to draw an anchor up to the cathead of a ship.
A double tripod (for holding a plate, etc.), having six feet, of which three rest on the ground, in whatever position it is placed.
An old game;
The game of tipcat and the implement with which it is played. See
A game of ball, called, according to the number of batters, one old cat, two old cat, etc.
the fisher. See under–
Cat and dog,
like a cat and dog; quarrelsome; inharmonious.“I am sure we have lived a cat and dog life of it.”
a heavy iron-strapped block with a large hook, part of the tackle used in drawing an anchor up to the cathead.–
a strong hook attached to a cat block.–
a very short sleep.
Cat o’ nine tails,
an instrument of punishment consisting of nine pieces of knotted line or cord fastened to a handle; – formerly used to flog offenders on the bare back.–
game played, esp. by children, with a string looped on the fingers so, as to resemble small cradle. The string is transferred from the fingers of one to those of another, at each transfer with a change of form. See–
To bell the cat,
to perform a very dangerous or very difficult task; – taken metaphorically from a fable about a mouse who proposes to put a bell on a cat, so as to be able to hear the cat coming.–
To let the cat out of the bag,
to tell a secret, carelessly or willfully.
the serval. See