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castrato
noun (plural castrati) Etymology: Italian, from past participle of castrare to castrate, from Latin Date: 1763 a singer castrated before puberty to preserve the soprano or ...
castrator
noun see castrate
castratory
adjective see castrate
Castres
geographical name city S France E of Toulouse population 46,292
Castries
geographical name city & port capital of St. Lucia population 11,147
Castro
I. biographical name Cipriano 1858-1924 Venezuelan general; president of Venezuela (1902-08) II. biographical name Inés de 1320?-1355 Spanish noblewoman
Castro (Ruz)
biographical name Fidel 1926- Cuban leader (1959- )
Castroism
noun Date: 1960 the political, economic, and social principles and policies of Fidel Castro • Castroite noun
Castroite
noun see Castroism
Castrop-Rauxel
geographical name city W Germany SSW of Münster population 79,065
casual
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French casuel, from Late Latin casualis, from Latin casus fall, chance — more at case Date: 14th ...
casual water
noun Date: 1899 a temporary accumulation of water not forming a regular hazard of a golf course
casually
adverb see casual I
casualness
noun see casual I
casualty
noun (plural -ties) Date: 15th century 1. archaic chance, fortune 2. serious or fatal accident ; disaster 3. a. a military person lost through death, wounds, injury, ...
casuarina
noun Etymology: New Latin, genus name, from Malay (pohon) kĕsuari, literally, cassowary tree; from the resemblance of its twigs to cassowary feathers Date: 1777 any of a ...
casuist
noun Etymology: probably from Spanish casuista, from Latin casus fall, chance — more at case Date: 1609 one skilled in or given to casuistry • casuistic or casuistical ...
casuistic
adjective see casuist
casuistical
adjective see casuist
casuistry
noun (plural -ries) Date: 1723 1. a resolving of specific cases of conscience, duty, or conduct through interpretation of ethical principles or religious doctrine 2. ...
casus belli
noun (plural casus belli) Etymology: New Latin, occasion of war Date: circa 1841 an event or action that justifies or allegedly justifies a war or conflict
Cat
trademark — used for a Caterpillar tractor
CAT
abbreviation 1. clean-air turbulence 2. computerized axial tomography
cat
I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Old English catt, probably from Late Latin cattus, catta cat Date: before 12th century 1. a. a ...
cat and mouse
noun Date: 1675 behavior like that of a cat with a mouse: as a. the act of toying with or tormenting something before destroying it b. a contrived action involving ...
cat burglar
noun Date: 1907 a burglar who is adept at entering and leaving the burglarized place without attracting notice
cat distemper
noun Date: circa 1950 panleukopenia
cat rig
noun Date: 1867 a rig consisting of a single mast far forward carrying a single large sail extended by a boom • cat-rigged adjective
CAT scan
noun Etymology: computerized axial tomography Date: 1975 an image made by computed tomography • CAT scanning noun
CAT scanner
noun Date: 1975 a medical instrument consisting of integrated X-ray and computing equipment and used for computed tomography
CAT scanning
noun see CAT scan
cat scratch disease
noun Date: 1952 an illness that is characterized by swelling of the lymph glands, fever, and chills and is caused by a bacterium (Bartonella henselae syn. Rochalimaea ...
cat scratch fever
noun see cat scratch disease
cat's cradle
noun Date: 1754 1. a game in which a string looped in a pattern like a cradle on the fingers of one person's hands is transferred to the hands of another so as to form a ...
cat's meow
noun Date: 1926 a highly admired person or thing
cat's-eye
noun (plural cat's-eyes) Date: circa 1599 1. any of various gems (as a chrysoberyl or a chalcedony) exhibiting opalescent reflections from within 2. a marble with eyelike ...
cat's-paw
noun (plural cat's-paws) Date: circa 1769 1. a light air that ruffles the surface of the water in irregular patches during a calm 2. [from the fable of the monkey that used a ...
cat-
prefix see cata-
cat-a-mountain
noun Etymology: Middle English cat of the mountaine Date: 15th century any of various wild cats
cat-o'-nine-tails
noun (plural cat-o'-nine-tails) Etymology: from the resemblance of its scars to the scratches of a cat Date: 1665 a whip made of usually nine knotted lines or cords fastened ...
cat-rigged
adjective see cat rig
cata-
or cat- or cath- prefix Etymology: Greek kata-, kat-, kath-, from kata down, in accordance with, by; akin to Old Welsh cant with, Hittite katta down
catabolic
adjective see catabolism
catabolically
adverb see catabolism
catabolism
noun Etymology: Greek katabolē throwing down, from kataballein to throw down, from kata- + ballein to throw — more at devil Date: 1876 degradative metabolism involving the ...
catabolite
noun Date: circa 1909 a product of catabolism
catabolize
verb (-lized; -lizing) Date: circa 1926 transitive verb to subject to catabolism intransitive verb to undergo catabolism
catachresis
noun (plural catachreses) Etymology: Latin, from Greek katachrēsis misuse, from katachrēsthai to use up, misuse, from kata- + chrēsthai to use Date: 1550 1. use of the ...
catachrestic
adjective see catachresis
catachrestical
adjective see catachresis
catachrestically
adverb see catachresis
cataclysm
noun Etymology: French cataclysme, from Latin cataclysmos, from Greek kataklysmos, from kataklyzein to inundate, from kata- + klyzein to wash — more at clyster Date: 1599 1. ...
cataclysmal
adjective see cataclysm
cataclysmic
adjective see cataclysm
cataclysmically
adverb see cataclysm
catacomb
noun Etymology: Middle English catacumb, Middle French catacombe, probably from Old Italian catacomba, from Late Latin catacumbae, plural Date: 15th century 1. a subterranean ...
catadioptric
adjective Date: 1723 belonging to, produced by, or involving both the reflection and the refraction of light
catadromous
adjective Etymology: probably from New Latin catadromus, from cata- + -dromus -dromous Date: 1880 living in freshwater and going to the sea to spawn — compare anadromous
catafalque
noun Etymology: Italian catafalco, from Vulgar Latin *catafalicum scaffold, from cata- + Latin fala siege tower Date: 1641 1. an ornamental structure sometimes used in ...
Catalan
noun Etymology: Spanish catalán Date: 15th century 1. a native or inhabitant of Catalonia 2. the Romance language of Catalonia, Valencia, Andorra, and the Balearic ...
catalase
noun Etymology: catalysis Date: 1901 a red crystalline enzyme that consists of a protein complex with hematin groups and catalyzes the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide into ...
catalatic
adjective see catalase
Çatalca
geographical name city Turkey in Europe W of Istanbul
catalectic
adjective Etymology: Late Latin catalecticus, from Greek katalēktikos, from katalēgein to leave off, from kata- + lēgein to stop — more at slack Date: 1589 lacking a ...
catalepsy
noun (plural -sies) Etymology: Middle English catalempsi, from Medieval Latin catalepsia, from Late Latin catalepsis, from Greek katalēpsis, literally, act of seizing, from ...
cataleptic
adjective or noun see catalepsy
cataleptically
adverb see catalepsy
catalexis
noun (plural catalexes) Etymology: New Latin, from Greek katalēxis close, cadence, from katalēgein Date: 1830 omission or incompleteness usually in the last foot of a line ...
Catalina
or Santa Catalina geographical name island SW California in Channel Islands area 70 square miles (182 square kilometers)
catalog
I. noun or catalogue Etymology: Middle English cathaloge, cateloge, from Middle French catalogue, from Late Latin catalogus, from Greek katalogos, from katalegein to list, ...
cataloger
noun see catalog II
catalogue
I. noun see catalog I II. verb see catalog II
catalogue raisonné
noun (plural catalogues raisonnés) Etymology: French, literally, reasoned catalog Date: 1784 a systematic annotated catalog; especially a critical bibliography
cataloguer
noun see catalog II
Catalonia
or Catalan Catalunya or Spanish Cataluña geographical name autonomous region NE Spain bordering on France & the Mediterranean; chief city Barcelona area 12,328 square miles ...
Catalonian
adjective or noun see Catalonia
catalpa
noun Etymology: Creek katáłpa, from iká head + táłpa wing Date: circa 1730 any of a genus (Catalpa) of North American and Asian trees of the bignonia family with pale ...
Cataluña
geographical name see Catalonia
Catalunya
geographical name see Catalonia
catalysis
noun (plural catalyses) Etymology: Greek katalysis dissolution, from katalyein to dissolve, from kata- + lyein to dissolve, release — more at lose Date: 1836 a modification ...
catalyst
noun Date: 1902 1. a substance that enables a chemical reaction to proceed at a usually faster rate or under different conditions (as at a lower temperature) than otherwise ...
catalytic
adjective Date: 1836 causing, involving, or relating to catalysis • catalytically adverb
catalytic converter
noun Date: 1955 an automobile exhaust-system component containing a catalyst that causes conversion of harmful gases (as carbon monoxide and uncombusted hydrocarbons) into ...
catalytic cracker
noun Date: 1947 the unit in a petroleum refinery in which cracking is carried out in the presence of a catalyst
catalytically
adverb see catalytic
catalyze
transitive verb (-lyzed; -lyzing) Date: 1890 1. to bring about the catalysis of (a chemical reaction) 2. bring about, inspire 3. to alter significantly by or as if by ...
catalyzer
noun see catalyze
catamaran
noun Etymology: Tamil kaṭṭumaram, from kaṭṭu to tie + maram tree, wood Date: 1673 a vessel (as a sailboat) with twin hulls and usually a deck or superstructure ...
Catamarca
geographical name city NW Argentina population 110,489
catamenia
noun plural Etymology: New Latin, from Greek katamēnia, from neuter plural of katamēnios monthly, from kata by + mēn month — more at cata-, moon Date: 1750 menses • ...
catamenial
adjective see catamenia
catamite
noun Etymology: Latin catamitus, from Catamitus Ganymede, from Etruscan Catmite, from Greek Ganymēdēs Date: 1593 a boy kept by a pederast
catamount
noun Etymology: short for cat-a-mountain Date: 1664 any of various wild cats: as a. cougar b. lynx
Catana
geographical name see Catania
Catania
or ancient Catana geographical name commune Italy in E Sicily on E coast on Gulf of Catania population 330,037
Cataño
geographical name city NE Puerto Rico S of San Juan population 30,071
Catanzaro
geographical name city S Italy capital of Calabria population 93,464
cataphora
noun Etymology: cata- + anaphora Date: 1976 the use of a grammatical substitute (as a pronoun) that has the same reference as a following word or phrase
cataphoresis
noun (plural cataphoreses) Etymology: New Latin Date: 1889 electrophoresis • cataphoretic adjective
cataphoretic
adjective see cataphoresis
cataphoric
adjective Date: 1968 of or relating to cataphora; especially being a word or phrase (as a pronoun) that takes its reference from a following word or phrase (as her in before ...
cataplasm
noun Etymology: Middle French cataplasme, from Latin cataplasma, from Greek kataplasma, from kataplassein to plaster over, from kata- + plassein to mold — more at plaster ...
cataplexy
noun (plural cataplexies) Etymology: German Kataplexie, from Greek kataplēxis, from kataplēssein to strike down, terrify, from kata- + plēssein to strike — more at plaint ...
catapult
I. noun Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French catapulte, from Latin catapulta, from Greek katapaltēs, from kata- + pallein to hurl Date: 1577 1. an ancient ...
cataract
noun Etymology: Latin cataracta waterfall, portcullis, from Greek kataraktēs, from katarassein to dash down, from kata- + arassein to strike, dash Date: 14th century 1. ...
cataractous
adjective see cataract
catarrh
noun Etymology: Middle English catarre, from Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French catarrhe, from Late Latin catarrhus, from Greek katarrhous, from katarrhein to flow down, ...
catarrhal
adjective see catarrh
catarrhally
adverb see catarrh
catarrhine
adjective Etymology: New Latin Catarrhina, from Greek katarrhina, neuter plural of katarrhin hook-nosed, from kata- + rhin-, rhis nose Date: 1863 of, relating to, or being any ...
catastrophe
noun Etymology: Greek katastrophē, from katastrephein to overturn, from kata- + strephein to turn Date: 1540 1. the final event of the dramatic action especially of a ...
catastrophe theory
noun Date: 1971 mathematical theory and conjecture that uses topology to explain events (as an earthquake or a stock market crash) characterized by major abrupt changes
catastrophic
adjective see catastrophe
catastrophically
adverb see catastrophe
catastrophism
noun Date: 1869 a geological doctrine that changes in the earth's crust have in the past been brought about suddenly by physical forces operating in ways that cannot be ...
catastrophist
noun see catastrophism
catatonia
noun Etymology: New Latin, from German Katatonie, from kata- cata- + New Latin -tonia Date: circa 1891 catatonic schizophrenia
catatonic
adjective Date: 1904 1. of, relating to, being, resembling, or affected by schizophrenia characterized especially by a marked psychomotor disturbance that may involve stupor ...
catatonically
adverb see catatonic
Catawba
I. noun Etymology: probably ultimately from Catawba (Spanish spelling) Catapa, Cataba, name of a 16th century Catawba town Date: 1715 1. plural Catawba or Catawbas a member ...
catbird
noun Date: 1709 an American songbird (Dumetella carolinensis) that is dark gray in color with a black cap and reddish coverts under the tail and is related to the mockingbird
catbird seat
noun Date: 1942 a position of great prominence or advantage
catboat
noun Date: 1860 a sailboat having a cat rig and usually a centerboard and being of light draft and broad beam
catbrier
noun Date: 1839 any of a genus (Smilax) of dioecious often prickly climbing plants of the lily family
catcall
noun Date: 1693 1. a loud or raucous cry made especially to express disapproval (as at a sports event) 2. a derisive remark ; criticism • catcall verb
catch
I. verb (caught; catching) Etymology: Middle English cacchen, from Anglo-French cacher, chacher, chacer to hunt, from Vulgar Latin *captiare, alteration of Latin captare to ...
catch a crab
phrasal to fail to raise an oar clear of the water on recovery of a stroke
catch dead
phrasal to find or see at any time — used in strongly negative constructions
catch fire
phrasal 1. to become ignited 2. to become fired with enthusiasm 3. to increase greatly in scope, popularity, interest, or effectiveness
catch it
phrasal to incur blame, reprimand, or punishment
catch on
intransitive verb Date: circa 1878 1. to become aware ; learn; also understand
catch one's breath
phrasal to rest long enough to restore normal breathing; broadly to rest after a period of intense activity
catch out
transitive verb Date: 1804 1. to detect in error or wrongdoing 2. to take unawares or by surprise
catch up
verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to pick up often abruptly b. ensnare, entangle c. enthrall
catch-22
noun (plural catch-22's or catch-22s) Usage: often capitalized Etymology: from Catch-22, paradoxical rule in the novel Catch-22 (1961) by Joseph Heller Date: 1971 1. a ...
catch-as-catch-can
adjective Date: 1764 using any available means or method ; hit-or-miss
catch-up
I. adjective Date: 1945 intended to catch up to a theoretical norm or a competitor's accomplishments II. noun Date: 1948 the act or fact of catching up or trying to catch ...
catchable
adjective see catch I
catchall
noun Usage: often attributive Date: 1838 something that holds or includes odds and ends or a wide variety of things
catcher
noun Date: 15th century one that catches; specifically a baseball player positioned behind home plate
catchfly
noun Date: 1597 any of various plants (as of the genera Lychnis and Silene) of the pink family often with viscid stems
catching
adjective Date: 1590 1. infectious, contagious 2. catchy, alluring
catchment
noun Date: 1847 1. something that catches water; also the amount of water caught 2. the action of catching water
catchment area
noun Date: 1885 1. an area that serves to catch water 2. the geographical area served by an institution
catchpenny
adjective Date: 1748 using sensationalism or cheapness for appeal
catchphrase
noun Date: 1842 1. a word or expression that is used repeatedly and conveniently to represent or characterize a person, group, idea, or point of view 2. slogan 2
catchpole
or catchpoll noun Etymology: Middle English cacchepol, from Anglo-French cachepole, literally, chicken chaser, from cacher + pol chicken, from Latin pullus — more at catch, ...
catchpoll
noun see catchpole
catchup
variant of ketchup
catchword
noun Date: circa 1736 1. a. a word under the right-hand side of the last line on a book page that repeats the first word on the following page b. guide word 2. ...
catchy
adjective (catchier; -est) Date: 1831 1. a. tending to catch the interest or attention b. easily retained in the memory 2. fitful, irregular 3. tricky
catclaw
noun Date: 1898 a yellow-flowered spiny acacia (Acacia greggi) of the southwestern United States and Mexico
cate
noun Etymology: Middle English, article of purchased food, short for acate, from Anglo-French acat, achat purchase, from acater, achater to buy, from Vulgar Latin *accaptare, ...
catechesis
noun (plural catecheses) Etymology: Late Latin, from Greek katēchēsis, from katēchein to teach Date: 1753 oral instruction of catechumens • catechetical adjective
catechetical
adjective see catechesis
catechin
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary catechu + 1-in Date: 1853 a crystalline flavonoid compound C15H14O6 or its derivatives having antioxidant properties and ...
catechism
noun Date: 1502 1. oral instruction 2. a manual for catechizing; specifically a summary of religious doctrine often in the form of questions and answers 3. a. a set of ...
catechismal
adjective see catechism
catechist
noun Date: circa 1563 one that catechizes: as a. a teacher of catechumens b. a native in a missionary district who does Christian teaching
catechistic
adjective see catechism
catechization
noun see catechize
catechize
transitive verb (-chized; -chizing) Etymology: Late Latin catechizare, from Greek katēchein to teach, literally, to din into, from kata- cata- + ēchein to resound, from ēchē ...
catechizer
noun see catechize
catechol
noun Date: 1880 1. catechin 2. a crystalline phenol C6H6O2 obtained from various natural sources but usually made synthetically and used especially in organic synthesis
catecholamine
noun Date: 1954 any of various amines (as epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine) that function as hormones or neurotransmitters or both
catecholaminergic
adjective Date: 1970 involving, liberating, or mediated by catecholamine
catechu
noun Etymology: probably modification of Malay kachu, of Dravidian origin; akin to Tamil & Kannada kācu catechu Date: 1683 any of several dry, earthy, or resinous astringent ...
catechumen
noun Etymology: Middle English cathecumyn, from Late Latin catechumenus, from Greek katēchoumenos, present passive participle of katēchein Date: 15th century 1. a convert to ...
categoric
adjective see categorical
categorical
also categoric adjective Etymology: Late Latin categoricus, from Greek katēgorikos, from katēgoria Date: 1588 1. absolute, unqualified 2. a. of, relating to, or ...
categorical imperative
noun Date: 1827 a moral obligation or command that is unconditionally and universally binding
categorically
adverb see categorical
categorise
British variant of categorize
categorization
noun see categorize
categorize
transitive verb (-rized; -rizing) Date: 1705 to put into a category ; classify • categorization noun
category
noun (plural -ries) Etymology: Late Latin categoria, from Greek katēgoria predication, category, from katēgorein to accuse, affirm, predicate, from kata- + agora public ...
catena
noun (plural catenae or -nas) Etymology: Medieval Latin, from Latin, chain Date: 1641 a connected series of related things
catenary
noun (plural -naries) Etymology: New Latin catenaria, from Latin, feminine of catenarius of a chain, from catena Date: 1788 1. the curve assumed by a cord of uniform density ...
catenate
transitive verb (-nated; -nating) Etymology: Latin catenatus, past participle of catenare, from catena Date: circa 1623 to connect in a series ; link • catenation noun
catenation
noun see catenate
cater
verb Etymology: obsolete cater buyer of provisions, from Middle English catour, short for acatour, from Anglo-French, from acater to buy — more at cate Date: 1580 ...
cater-cousin
noun Etymology: perhaps from obsolete cater buyer of provisions Date: 1519 an intimate friend
cateran
noun Etymology: Middle English (Scots) ketharan, probably from Medieval Latin katheranus, from Scottish Gaelic ceithearn band of fighting men Date: 14th century a former ...
catercorner
or catercornered variant of kitty-corner
catercornered
I. see catercorner II. adverb or adjective see kitty-corner
caterer
noun see cater
Caterina de' Medici
biographical name see Catherine de Médicis
caterpillar
noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English catyrpel, from Anglo-French *catepelose, literally, hairy cat Date: 15th century the elongated wormlike larva of a ...
Caterpillar
trademark — used for a tractor made for use on rough or soft ground and moved on two endless metal belts
caterwaul
intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English caterwawen Date: 14th century 1. to make a harsh cry 2. to protest or complain noisily • caterwaul noun
Catesby
I. biographical name Mark 1679?-1749 English naturalist II. biographical name Robert 1573-1605 English rebel
catfacing
noun Date: 1940 a disfigurement or malformation of fruit suggesting a cat's face in appearance
catfight
noun Date: 1919 an intense fight or argument especially between two women
catfish
noun Date: 1612 any of an order (Siluriformes) of chiefly freshwater stout-bodied scaleless bony fishes having long tactile barbels
catgut
noun Date: 1599 a tough cord made usually from sheep intestines
cath
abbreviation 1. cathedral 2. cathode
cath-
— see cata-
Cathar
noun (plural Cathari or Cathars) Etymology: Late Latin cathari (plural), from Late Greek katharoi, from Greek, plural of katharos pure Date: 1634 a member of one of various ...
Catharism
noun see Cathar
Catharist
adjective see Cathar
Catharistic
adjective see Cathar
catharsis
noun (plural catharses) Etymology: New Latin, from Greek katharsis, from kathairein to cleanse, purge, from katharos Date: circa 1775 1. purgation 2. a. purification or ...
cathartic
I. adjective Etymology: Late Latin or Greek; Late Latin catharticus, from Greek kathartikos, from kathairein Date: 1612 of, relating to, or producing catharsis • ...
cathartically
adverb see cathartic I
Cathay
geographical name china — an old name
cathead
noun Date: 1626 a projecting piece of timber or iron near the bow of a ship to which the anchor is hoisted and secured
cathect
transitive verb Etymology: back-formation from cathectic Date: 1925 to invest with mental or emotional energy
cathectic
adjective Etymology: New Latin cathexis Date: 1927 of, relating to, or invested with mental or emotional energy
cathedra
noun Etymology: Latin, chair — more at chair Date: circa 1797 a bishop's official throne
cathedral
I. adjective Date: 14th century 1. of, relating to, or containing a cathedra 2. emanating from a chair of authority 3. suggestive of a cathedral II. noun Date: 1587 1. ...
Cathedral City
geographical name city SW California population 42,647
cathepsin
noun Etymology: Greek kathepsein to digest (from kata- cata- + hepsein to boil) + English 2-in Date: 1929 any of several intracellular proteases of animal tissue that aid in ...
Cather
biographical name Willa Sibert 1873-1947 American novelist
Catherine
biographical name name of 1st, 5th, & 6th wives of Henry VIII of England: Catherine of Aragon 1485-1536; Catherine Howard 1520?-1542; Catherine Parr 1512-1548
Catherine de Médicis
Italian Caterina de' Medici biographical name 1519-1589 queen of Henry II of France
Catherine I
biographical name 1684-1727 wife of Peter the Great empress of Russia (1725-27)
Catherine II
biographical name 1729-1796 the Great empress of Russia (1762-96)
Catherine of Braganza
biographical name 1638-1705 queen of Charles II of England
Catherine wheel
noun Etymology: Saint Catherine of Alexandria died ab307 Christian martyr Date: 1584 1. a wheel with spikes projecting from the rim 2. pinwheel 1 3. cartwheel 2
Catherine, Mount
geographical name — see katherina (Gebel)
catheter
noun Etymology: Late Latin, from Greek kathetēr, from kathienai to send down, from kata- cata- + hienai to send — more at jet Date: 1601 a tubular medical device for ...
catheterization
noun Date: circa 1852 the use of or introduction of a catheter (as in or into the bladder, trachea, or heart) • catheterize transitive verb
catheterize
transitive verb see catheterization
cathexis
noun (plural cathexes) Etymology: New Latin (intended as translation of German Besetzung), from Greek kathexis holding, from katechein to hold fast, occupy, from kata- + echein ...
cathodal
adjective see cathode
cathodally
adverb see cathode
cathode
noun Etymology: Greek kathodos way down, from kata- + hodos way Date: 1834 1. the electrode of an electrochemical cell at which reduction occurs: a. the negative terminal ...
cathode ray
noun Date: 1880 1. plural the high-speed electrons emitted in a stream from the heated cathode of a vacuum tube 2. a stream of electrons emitted from the cathode of a ...
cathode-ray tube
noun Date: 1905 a vacuum tube in which a beam of electrons is projected on a phosphor-coated screen to produce a luminous spot at a point on the screen determined by the ...
cathodic
adjective see cathode
cathodic protection
noun Date: 1930 the prevention of electrolytic corrosion of a usually metallic structure (as a pipeline) by causing it to act as the cathode rather than as the anode of an ...
cathodically
adverb see cathode
catholic
adjective Etymology: Middle English catholik, from Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French catholique, from Late Latin catholicus, from Greek katholikos universal, general, ...
Catholic
noun Date: 15th century 1. a person who belongs to the universal Christian church 2. a member of a Catholic church; especially Roman Catholic
Catholic Apostolic
adjective Date: 1888 of or relating to a Christian sect founded in 19th century England in anticipation of Christ's second coming
Catholic Epistles
noun plural Date: 1582 the five New Testament letters including James, I and II Peter, I John, and Jude addressed to the early Christian churches at large
catholically
adverb see catholic
catholicate
noun Date: 1850 the jurisdiction of a catholicos
Catholicism
noun Date: circa 1617 1. Roman Catholicism 2. the faith, practice, or system of Catholic Christianity
catholicity
noun (plural -ties) Date: 1704 1. capitalized the character of being in conformity with a Catholic church 2. a. liberality of sentiments or views
catholicize
verb see catholic
catholicon
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Greek katholikon, neuter of katholikos Date: 15th century cure-all, panacea
catholicos
noun (plural catholicoses or catholicoi) Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Late Greek katholikos, from Greek, general Date: 1878 a primate of certain Eastern churches and ...
cathouse
noun Date: 1931 bordello
Catiline
biographical name circa 108-62 B.C. Lucius Sergius Catilina Roman politician & conspirator
cation
noun Etymology: Greek kation, neuter of katiōn, present participle of katienai to go down, from kata- cata- + ienai to go — more at issue Date: 1834 the ion in an ...
cationic
adjective Date: circa 1920 1. of, relating to, or being a cation 2. characterized by an active and especially surface-active cation • cationically adverb
cationically
adverb see cationic
catkin
noun Etymology: from its resemblance to a cat's tail Date: 1578 a spicate inflorescence (as of the willow, birch, or oak) bearing scaly bracts and unisexual usually ...
catlike
adjective or adverb Date: 1554 resembling a cat; especially stealthy
Catlin
biographical name George 1796-1872 American artist
catmint
noun Date: 13th century any of a genus (Nepeta) of Old World temperate-zone herbs of the mint family; especially catnip 1
catnap
noun Date: 1823 a very short light nap • catnap intransitive verb
catnaper
noun see catnapper
catnapper
also catnaper noun Etymology: 1cat + -napper (as in kidnapper) Date: 1942 one who steals cats usually to sell them for research
catnip
noun Etymology: 1cat + obsolete nep catnip, from Middle English, from Old English nepte, from Latin nepeta Date: 1712 1. a strong-scented perennial mint (Nepeta cataria) that ...
Cato
I. biographical name Marcus Porcius 234-149 B.C. the Elder; the Censor Roman statesman II. biographical name Marcus Porcius 95-46 B.C. the Younger; great-grandson of ...
Catoctin Mountain
geographical name mountain ridge NW Maryland & N Virginia in Blue Ridge Mountains
catoptric
adjective Etymology: Greek katoptrikos, from katoptron mirror, from katopsesthai to be going to observe, from kata- + opsesthai to be going to see — more at optic Date: circa ...
cats and dogs
adverb Date: 1738 in great quantities ; very hard
Catskill Mountains
geographical name mountains SE New York in the Appalachian system W of Hudson River — see Slide Mountain
catsuit
noun Date: 1960 a close-fitting one-piece garment that covers the torso and the legs and sometimes the arms
catsup
variant of ketchup
Catt
biographical name Carrie Chapman 1859-1947 née Lane American suffragist
cattail
noun Date: 1548 any of a genus (Typha of the family Typhaceae, the cattail family) of tall reedy marsh plants with brown furry fruiting spikes; especially a plant (Typha ...

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