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Canuck {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: canuck, Canack, Cannack, Canuc, canuc, Canuk, Conuck, Cunnuck, Kanuck, Kanuk, K'nuck (obsolete) etymology 1835 Kanuk (US), 1849 canuck (Canadian), origin unknown. {{rel-top}} Several dictionaries simply state that it is an alteration of Canada or Canada. More than one theory holds that the name began as an informal self-appellation by an early Canadian minority, and later acquired a national identity. A few sources explain the ending as coming from Inuktitut inuk, from Chinook, or another Canadian Aboriginal ending like , , or . Another theory is that the name is from the surname Connaught, used as a French-Canadian nickname for the Irish. Yet another speculates that the origin is lre kanata, which is also the origin of Canada. It has also been thought to come from Iroquoian Canuchasa, German , or French . Since 1975, a number of linguists have come to believe that the name probably comes from Hawaiian kanaka, a self-appellation of indentured colonial canoemen and Hawaiian sailors working off the Pacific Northwest, Arctic, and New England coasts. The term may have come to English through French canaque, or more likely, via American whalers. Compare English Kanak and French Kanak or , Austrian German Kanake. {{rel-bottom}} pronunciation
  • /kəˈnʌk/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Canada, informal) A Canadian.
    • 1849, James Edward Alexander, L'Acadie; or, Seven Years' Explorations in British America, v 1, London: Henry Colburn, pp 272–3: We saw a few partridges: we also met a lusty fellow in a forest road with a keg of whisky slung round him, who called to us ‘Come boys and have some grog, I'm what you call a canuck:’ a (Canadian).
  2. (chiefly, US slang, often, derogatory) A Canadian, especially a French Canadian.
    • 1835, Henry Cook Todd, Notes Upon Canada and the United States, p 92: Jonathan distinguishes a Dutch or a French Canadian, by the term Kanuk.
    • 1889, John G. Donkin, Trooper and Redskin in the Far North-West: Recollections of Life in the North-West Mounted Police, Canada, 1884-1888, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, p 148: It is a pity these Canadian militiamen spoilt the good work they had done by never-failing bluster. But for pure and unadulterated brag I will back the lower-class Canuck against the world. The Yankee is a very sucking dove compared to his northern neighbour.
  3. The French-Canadian dialect.
    • 1904, Holman Francis Day, “Song of the Men o' the Ax: Verse Stories of the Plain Folk Who Are Keeping Bright the Old Home Fires Up in Maine”, in Kin o' Ktaadn, p 145: On the deacon-seat in the leapin' heat / With the corn-cobs drawin' cool and sweet, / And timin' the fiddle with tunkin' feet, / A hundred men and a chorus. / “Roule, roulant, ma boule roulant,” / all Canuck but a good song; / Lift it up then, good and strong, / for a cozy night's before us.
  4. (rare) A thing from Canada.
    • 1887: Grip (Toronto), 19 February, p 3: Who'll buy my caller herrin'? / Cod, turbot, ling, delicious herrin', / Buy my caller herrin', / They're every one Kanucks!
  5. (US, obsolete) A Canadian pony or horse.
    • 1860, Josiah Gilbert Holland, Miss Gilbert's Career: An American Story, p 25: I'll sit here and blow till he comes round with his old go-cart, and then I'll hang on to the tail of it, and try legs with that little Kanuck of his.
  6. (ice hockey) A member of the Vancouver Canucks professional NHL ice hockey team.
  7. The Avro Canada CF-100 fighter-interceptor.
In Canada, the term is not derogatory, and is considered to apply to all Canadians. In the United States the term is often considered derogatory, and is particularly derogatory when applied to French Canadians in New England. Synonyms: Canadian, Canajun, Canajan, Johnny-Canuck
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal, occasionally construed as derogatory) Canadian.
    • 1887, Grip (Toronto), 5 March, pp 1–2: Well, what do you think of the Canuck elections?
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, humorous) Canadiana
    • 1888, Dominion Illustrated, p 199: [heading] Canuckiana
    • 1996, Bill Casselman, Casselmania: more wacky Canadian words and sayings burrowings in the warrens of Canuckiana unearthed many a gem...
Canuckistan etymology Canuck + stan
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal, derogatory or, humorous) Canada.
    • 2005, Adrian Mack, "Top of the Pops", The Georgia Straight, 28 April 2005: Fistfights aside, Day is looking forward to her band's first Canadian tour as she anticipates a more European flavour up here in Canuckistan.
    • 2006, David Olive, "Data belie resilient economy", Toronto Star, 7 January 2006: Meantime, the loonie's buoyancy this year reflects growing interest in Canuckistan from offshore admirers.
    • 2012, Warren Kinsella, Fight the Right: A Manual for Surviving the Coming Conservative Apocalypse, Random House Canada (2012), ISBN 9780307361653, page 28: Republican political consultants regularly ply their trade with Conservatives up in Canuckistan {{…}}
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Synonyms: Soviet Canuckistan
Canuckistani etymology Canuckistan + i
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, derogatory or _, humorous) Canadian.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory or _, humorous) A Canadian.
Synonyms: Canuckistanian
Canuckistanian etymology Canuckistan + ian
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, derogatory or _, humorous) Canadian.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory or _, humorous) A Canadian.
Synonyms: Canuckistani
can you help me {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{en-phrase}}
  1. A request for help.
can you tell us
phrase: can you tell us
  1. A prefix indicating a polite request. Can you tell us how you will motivate your students to learn?
cap pronunciation
  • /kæp/
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etymology 1 From Middle English cappe, from Old English cæppe, from ll cappa.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A close-fitting head covering either without a brim or with a peak. The children were all wearing caps to protect them from the sun.
  2. A special head covering to indicate rank, occupation etc.
  3. An academic mortarboard
  4. A protective cover or seal He took the cap of the bottle and splashed himself with some cologne.
  5. A crown for covering a tooth He had golden caps on his teeth.
  6. The summit of a mountain etc. There was snow on the cap of the mountain.
  7. An artificial upper limit or ceiling We should put a cap on the salaries, to keep them under control.
  8. The top part of a mushroom
  9. A small amount of gunpowder in a paper strip or plastic cup for use in a toy gun Billy spent all morning firing caps with his friends, re-enacting storming the beach at Normandy.
  10. A small explosive device used to detonate a larger charge of explosives He wired the cap to the bundle of dynamite, then detonated it remotely.
  11. (slang) A bullet used to shoot someone.
    • 2001: Charles Jade, Jade goes to Metreon Did he think they were going to put a cap in his ass right in the middle of Metreon?
  12. (soccer) An international appearance Rio Ferdinand won his 50th cap for England in a game against Sweden.
  13. (obsolete) The top, or uppermost part; the chief.
    • Shakespeare Thou art the cap of all the fools alive.
  14. (obsolete) A respectful uncovering of the head.
    • Fuller he that will give a cap and make a leg in thanks
  15. (zoology) The whole top of the head of a bird from the base of the bill to the nape of the neck.
  16. (architecture) The uppermost of any assemblage of parts. the cap of column, door, etc.; a capital, coping, cornice, lintel, or plate
  17. Something covering the top or end of a thing for protection or ornament.
  18. (nautical) A collar of iron or wood used in joining spars, as the mast and the topmast, the bowsprit and the jib boom; also, a covering of tarred canvas at the end of a rope.
  19. (geometry) A portion of a spherical or other convex surface.
  20. A large size of writing paper. flat cap; foolscap; legal cap
  • (artificial upper limit) floor
  • See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cover or seal with a cap
  2. (transitive) To award a cap as a mark of distinction etc.
  3. (transitive) To lie over or on top of something
  4. (transitive) To surpass or outdo
  5. (transitive) To set an upper limit on something cap wages.
  6. (transitive) To make something even more wonderful at the end. That really capped my day.
  7. (transitive, cricket) To select a player to play for a specified side
  8. (transitive, slang) To shoot (someone) with a firearm. If he don't get outta my hood, I'm gonna cap his ass.
  9. (transitive, sports) to select to play for the national team. Peter Shilton is the most capped English footballer.
  10. (transitive, obsolete) To uncover the head respectfully. {{rfquotek}}
    • Thackeray Tom … capped the proctor with the profoundest of bows.
  11. To deprive of a cap. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 2 From capitalization, by shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (finance) Capitalization.
etymology 3 From capital, by shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An uppercase letter.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, informal) To convert text to uppercase.
etymology 4 From capacitor, by shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (electronics) capacitor Parasitic caps.
cap'n pronunciation {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Contraction of captain used as a title. Aye aye, cap'n!
  • CPAN
  • NCAP
  • NPCA
capacitor plague {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (electronics, informal) premature failure of an electrolytic capacitor
caped pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkeɪpt/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Wearing a cape or capes. One of 's aliases is "the Caped Crusader".
  2. (rail transport, slang) cancelled
  • paced
capisce Alternative forms: capice, capicé, capiche, capeesh, capisch, capishe, coppish etymology
  • From Neapolitan capisci, the second-person present-tense form of capire, from Latin capio.
  • /ka.ˈpiʃ/
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (slang) "Get it?"; "Understand?".
    • 1995 Bart Simpson. The Simpsons, episode 3F07. Brodka: Hey, kid: one more thing. If you ever set foot in this store again, you'll be spending Christmas in juvenile hall. Capisce? Well, do you understand? Bart: Everything except "capisce."
    • 1996 Andy and Larry Wachowski, Bound, Dino De Laurentiis Productions and Spelling Films Gino Marzzone: You gotta start respecting Johnny, the way you respect me. Capisce?
    • 1997 Eric Bogosian. Notes from Underground, page 138 It's very simple, George, you forget about this whole licensing lawsuit pipe dream of yours or you can forget about your buddy working in my factory for the next couple of years. I will be that angry. Capiche?
    • 2003 Richard Chiappone. Water of an Undetermined Depth I mean, if you were coming into the plant for the long haul, God forbid, then you'd have to think seriously about the money. Capiche?
  • Often used in a threatening manner, in imitation of the (or rather, the way the Mafia is portrayed in movies and other pop culture).
  • Without a question mark at the end, it is sometimes used to mean, “I understand,” as an American colloquialism. In Italian, that would actually mean “he/she/it understands”. To mean “I understand,” one would actually say “capisco.”
  • icecaps, ipecacs
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) The city of , California, known for its cliff swallow.
    • {{ante}} Talmage Powell, "Survival Exercise", in, 2003, Kit Duane, editor, The Campfire Collection: Ghosts, Beasts, and Things That Go Bump in the Night, , ISBN 0811837777, page 138, I felt the sick certainty that the thing had antennae, a sense unknown to human beings—a guidance system like the sonar of a bat, the instinct of a Capistrano swallow, the built-in controls of an SAM missile.
  • postcrania
Capitol Hill {{wikipedia}}
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. The hill in Washington, DC, on which is located the Capitol, where Congress holds its sessions.
  2. (informal) Congress
    • 1975, Ralph de Toledano, Hit & Run: The Rise--And Fall?--Of Ralph Nader, page 120 Let me put it this way: The girl in question was no novice to Washington nor to the ways of Capitol Hill.
    • 2000, Jeffrey M. Berry, The New Liberalism: The Rising Power of Citizen Groups, page 102 At the same time, the failure of conservatives to invest in Capitol Hill lobbying that could be coordinated with their grass-roots efforts represents a strategic misallocation of resources.
    • 2005, Yanek Mieczkowski, Gerald Ford and the Challenges of the 1970s, page 62 The Ninety-fourth Congress would be emphatically Democratic, and Ford's base of support on Capitol Hill would be narrower and weaker.
    • 2007, Alan Greenspan, The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World, page 233 I cannot count how many letters I received from Capitol Hill in the 1990s outlining one scheme or another to spend more or tax less
    • 2007, John W. Dean, Broken Government: How Republican Rule Destroyed the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches, page 30 A political reality of Capitol Hill is that the party in control has always taken care of its own and, as the minority sees it, gives them "the shaft."
capo di tutti capi etymology Italian, meaning "leader of all leaders".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Boss of all the bosses, especially in the mafia, cosa nostra etc. Often used by law enforcement, the media and the public in general to describe a Mafia boss who exerts significant influence on how the Mafia should run.
capper etymology cap + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One that caps.
  2. A device or person that applies caps, as to bullets or bottles.
  3. A person that makes or sells caps.
  4. A finale.
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  5. (US, slang, dated) A by-bidder; a decoy for gambler.
  • precap
Cappie Alternative forms: cappie
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, neologism) capitalist
captain etymology From Old French capitaine, from ll capitāneus, from caput (English cap). pronunciation
  • /ˈkæp.tɪn/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A chief or leader.
    • 1526, The Bible, tr. William Tyndale, Gospel of Matthew 2: For out of the shal come a captaine, whych shall govern my people israhel.
    • 1929, Rudyard Kipling, "The English Way": Stand up-stand up, Northumberland! / I bid you answer true, / If England's King has under his hand / A Captain as good as you?
  2. The person lawfully in command of a ship or other vessel. exampleThe captain is the last man to leave a sinking ship.
  3. An army officer with a rank between the most senior grade of lieutenant and major.
    • {{RQ:EHough PrqsPrc}} "A fine man, that Dunwody, yonder," commented the young captain, as they parted, and as he turned to his prisoner. "We'll see him on in Washington some day. He is strengthening his forces now against Mr. Benton out there.{{nb...}}."
  4. A naval officer with a rank between commander and commodore.
  5. A commissioned officer in the United States Navy, Coast Guard, NOAA Corps, or PHS Corps of a grade superior to a commander and junior to a rear admiral (lower half). A captain is equal in grade or rank to an Army, Marine Corps, or Air Force colonel.
  6. {{senseid}}One of the athlete on a sports team who designate to make decisions, and is allowed to speak for his team with a referee or official.
    • Remember the Titans Captain's supposed to be the leader, right?
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  7. The leader of a group of workers. exampleJohn Henry said to the captain, "A man ain't nothing but a man."
  8. A maître d'.
    • 1977, Don Felder, Don Henley{{,}} and Glenn Frey, lyricists, , So I called up the Captain, "Please bring me my wine." / He said: "We haven't had that spirit here since 1969."
  9. (southern US) An honorific title given to a prominent person. See colonel.
Synonyms: (leader of a group of workers) supervisor, straw boss, foreman, (commander of a vessel) skipper, master, (pilot in command) pilot, pilot in command, (military rank) CAPT, CAPT., Capt., Capt, CPT (abbreviation)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To act as captain
  2. (transitive) To exercise command of a ship, aircraft or sports team.
related terms:
  • cap
  • capital
  • capitalism
  • capitulate
  • capitulation
  • chapiter
  • chapter
  • chief
  • chieftain
Captain Obvious {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (humorous, usually, pejorative) Someone who makes superfluous statement.
    • 1994, L. E. Blair, Drummer Girl (Girl Talk series, vol. 12), Golden Books Publishing, ISBN 0307220125, page 33, "But you're a girl," the guy said in surprise. This guy was getting on my nerves. "You are Captain Obvious, aren't you?" I shot back.
    • 1998, David Groth, A+: Core Module Study Guide, Sybex, ISBN 0782123449, page 189, The larger of the two specifications is known as Wide SCSI-2 because it's wider (Captain Obvious rides again).
    • 2002, Cathryn Michon, The Grrl Genius Guide to Life, HarperCollins, ISBN 0060956828, page 145, The Qiana-wearing slacker next to me poked me on the shoulder and said, "We totally knew it was you in the bathroom!" Well, thank you, Captain Obvious, I thought.
    • 2002, Tee Morris and Steve Oakley, Premiere 6.5 Power!, Thomson Course Technology, ISBN 1929685602, page 240, Hold the camera properly. No, I'm not playing Captain Obvious here, but there is a certain way to hold a DV camera to avoid jittery movement.
Synonyms: master of the obvious
car {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /kɑː/
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  • (US) /kɑɹ/
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etymology 1 From Middle English carre, from xno carre (from onf, compare Old French char), from Latin carra, neuter plural of carrus, from Gaulish *karros, from Proto-Celtic *karros, from Proto-Indo-European *kr̥sos, zero-grade form of Proto-Indo-European *kers-.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated) A wheeled vehicle, drawn by a horse or other animal.
  2. A wheeled vehicle that moves independently, with at least three wheels, powered mechanically, steered by a driver and mostly for personal transportation; a motorcar or automobile. She drove her car to the mall.
  3. (rail transport, chiefly, North America) An unpowered unit in a railroad train. The conductor coupled the cars to the locomotive.
  4. (rail transport) an individual vehicle, powered or unpowered, in a multiple unit. The 11:10 to London was operated by a 4-car diesel multiple unit
  5. {{senseid}}(rail transport) A passenger-carrying unit in a subway or elevated train, whether powered or not. From the front-most car of the subway, he filmed the progress through the tunnel.
  6. A rough unit of quantity approximating the amount which would fill a railroad car. We ordered five hundred cars of gypsum.
  7. The moving, load-carrying component of an elevator or other cable-drawn transport mechanism. Fix the car of the express elevator - the door is sticking.
  8. The passenger-carrying portion of certain amusement park rides, such as Ferris wheel. The most exciting part of riding a Ferris wheel is when your car goes over the top.
  9. The part of an airship, such as a balloon or dirigible, which houses the passengers and control apparatus.
    • [ A System of Aeronautics], page 152 , “Everything being apparently in readiness now, I stepped into the car of the balloon, … ”
  10. (sailing) A sliding fitting that runs along a track.
    • page 201,, 0924486813 , “On boats 25 feet or more, it is best to mount a mast car and track on the front of the mast so you can adjust the height of the pole above the deck ”
  11. (uncountable, US) The aggregate of desirable characteristics of a car. Buy now! You can get more car for your money.
  12. (US) A floating perforated box for living fish.
Image:TOYOTA FCHV 01.jpg|A hydrogen-powered car. Image:Train wagons 0834.jpg|Freight cars. Image:RandenTrain.jpg|A self-propelled passenger car. Image:Ferris wheel - melbourne show 2005.jpg|Ferris wheel cars. Image:Traveller (sailing).jpg|Car on a sailboat. Image:ZeppelinLZ127b.jpg|Car of a Zeppelin. Image:240 Sparks Elevators.jpg|Elevator cars. Synonyms: (private vehicle that moves independently) auto, motorcar, vehicle; automobile (US), motor (British colloquial), carriage (obsolete), (non-powered part of a train) railcar, wagon, (unit of quantity) carload, wagonload, (passenger-carrying light rail unit) carriage, (part of an airship) gondola, basket (balloons only), See also
etymology 2 Acronym of contents of the address part of register number. Note that it was based on original hardware and has no meaning today.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing) The first part of a cons in LISP. The first element of a list
    • Matt Kaufmann, Panagiotis Manolios, and J Strother Moore, Computer-aided reasoning: an approach, 2000 : The elements of a list are the successive cars along the "cdr chain." That is, the elements are the car, the car of the cdr, the car of the cdr of the cdr, etc.
  • cdr
related terms:
  • cons
  • LISP
  • arc, ARC
  • RAC
  • RCA
carb pronunciation
  • /kɑː(ɹ)b/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, usually, in the plural) {{short for}} I'm cutting down on carbs to try and lose weight.
  2. (informal) {{short for}} This is what controls the flow of fuel into the carb.
Synonyms: (carburet(t)or) carby, carbie
  • BRAC, crab
noun: {{en-noun}} (Often: carbenium ion)
  1. (organic chemistry, informal) Any carbocation
  • IUPAC recommends that carbonium is used instead.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A condition in which the face swell.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A person who eats food high in carbohydrate
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) carbohydrate
  • carob, COBRA, cobra, CORBA
carboard {{rfc}} etymology car + board, a branch-off of the sport and word wakeboarding.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) A sport where a rider is towed behind a vehicle. In many ways it encompasses a lot of the aspects of winching in that it has a 'go anywhere' approach. It can in essence occur behind any vehicle assuming that it has sufficient horse power, torque and traction, but the most popular vehicles remain four wheel drives and tractors.
car bomb {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An automobile laden with a large amount of explosives, and used as a bomb primarily in order to cause external damage.
  2. An explosive device installed in an automobile with the primary purpose of killing the occupants of the car.
  3. (slang) Flatulence in an enclosed automobile.
  4. An alcoholic beverage made by dropping a shot of liquor into a glass of beer.
Synonyms: (alcoholic beverage) boilermaker, depth charge
carbon {{elements}} etymology From French carbone, coined by Lavoisier, from Latin carbō, from Proto-Indo-European *ker-, see also Old English heorþ, Old Norse hyrr, Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌹 〈𐌷𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌹〉, Old High German harsta, Russian церен 〈ceren〉, Old Church Slavonic крада 〈krada〉, Lithuanian kuriu, karstas and krosnis, Sanskrit कृष्ण 〈kr̥ṣṇa〉 and कूडयति 〈kūḍayati〉, Latin cremare. pronunciation
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noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The chemical element (symbol C) with an atomic number of 6.
  2. (countable) An atom of this element, in reference to a molecule containing it. A methane molecule is made up of a single carbon with four hydrogens.
  3. (countable, informal) A sheet of carbon paper.
    • 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Penguin 2011, p. 51: He stepped back and opened his bag and took out a printed pad of D.O.A. forms and began to write over a carbon.
  4. (countable, informal) A carbon copy.
  5. A fossil fuel that is made of impure carbon such as coal or charcoal.
  6. (ecology, uncountable) Carbon dioxide, in the context of global warming and climate change.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  7. A carbon rod or pencil used in an arc lamp.
  8. A plate or piece of carbon used as one of the element of a voltaic battery.
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • carbonaceous
  • carbonade
  • carbonado
  • Carbonari
  • carbonate
  • carboniferous
  • carbonify
  • carbonigenous
carbonated water
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Water containing carbon dioxide dissolved in it under pressure.
Synonyms: fizzy water, sparkling water, soda water, seltzer, seltzer water, club soda
carbon dioxide {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (inorganic compound) The normal oxide of carbon, CO2; a colorless, odorless gas formed during respiration and combustion and consumed by plant during photosynthesis.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
Synonyms: carbonic acid gas, CO₂, E290 when used as an acidity regulator
related terms:
  • carbon
  • carbon monoxide
  • dioxide
carbon tet
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) carbon tetrachloride
carb up
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal) To consume a large amount of carbohydrate, ostensibly for energy; generally a practice of athlete, especially runners and swimmers. Let's have a spaghetti feed to carb up before the big meet.
Synonyms: carb load
car clout
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, colloquial) The crime of breaking into an automobile.
    • 2006, Michael A. Graham, The Snow Angel Yesterday's pleasant weather should have brought an increase in certain felonies — purse snatches, street holdups, car clouts, convenience-store stickups, ATM rips. There was no logical reason why crime should be down …
    • 2010, Richard E. Brown, Ranger Up! From there they went over the Little River Ranger Station about a mile away to complete a car clout report. The ranger was taking information on the car clout from Pam when I walked into the ranger station.
card {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /kɑːd/, [kʰɑːd]
  • (US) /kɑɹd/, [kʰɑɹd]
  • {{audio}}
  • (Australia) /kaːd/, [kʰäːd]
  • (New Zealand) /kɐːd/, [kʰɐːd]
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English carde, from Old French carte, from Latin charta, from Ancient Greek χάρτης 〈chártēs〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A playing card.
  2. (in the plural) Any game using playing cards; a card game. He played cards with his friends.
  3. A resource or an argument, used to achieve a purpose. The government played the Orange card to get support for their Ireland policy. He accused them of playing the race card.
  4. Any flat, normally rectangular piece of stiff paper, plastic etc.
  5. (obsolete) A map or chart.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.vii: As pilot well expert in perilous waue, / Vpon his card and compas firmes his eye [...].
  6. (informal) An amusing but slightly foolish person.
    • 1918, Siegfried Sassoon, "He's a cheery old card," muttered Harry to Jack As they slogged up to Arras with rifle and pack. . . . But he did for them both by his plan of attack.
    • 2007, Meredith Gran, Octopus Pie #71: Deadpan MAREK: But really the deadpan is key. You can essentially trick people into laughing at nothing. EVE: Oh, Marek, you card.
  7. A list of scheduled events or of performers or contestants. What’s on the card for tonight?
  8. (cricket) A tabular presentation of the key statistics of an innings or match: batsmen’s score and how they were dismissed, extras, total score and bowling figures.
  9. (computing) A removable electronic device that may be inserted into a powered electronic device to provide additional capability.
  1. He needed to replace the card his computer used to connect to the internet.
  2. A greeting card. She gave her neighbors a card congratulating them on their new baby.
  3. A business card. The realtor gave me her card so I could call if I had any questions about buying a house.
  4. (television) {{rfdef}} title card test card
  5. (dated) A published note, containing a brief statement, explanation, request, expression of thanks, etc. to put a card in the newspapers
  6. (dated) A printed programme.
  7. (dated, figurative, by extension) An attraction or inducement. This will be a good card for the last day of the fair.
  8. A paper on which the points of the compass are marked; the dial or face of the mariner's compass.
    • Shakespeare All the quarters that they know / I' the shipman's card.
  9. (weaving) A perforated pasteboard or sheet-metal plate for warp thread, making part of the Jacquard apparatus of a loom.
  10. An indicator card.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To check ID, especially against a minimum age requirement. They have to card anybody who looks 21 or younger. I heard you don't get carded at the other liquor store.
  2. (dated) To play cards. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 2 From Old French carde, from Old Provençal carda, deverbal from cardar, from ll *carito, from Latin carrere, from Proto-Indo-European *ker, *sker.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, dated) Material with embedded short wire bristles.
  2. (dated, textiles) A comb- or brush-like device or tool to raise the nap on a fabric.
  3. (textiles) A hand-held tool formed similarly to a hairbrush but with bristles of wire or other rigid material. It is used principally with raw cotton, wool, hair, or other natural fibers to prepare these materials for spinning into yarn or thread on a spinning wheel, with a whorl or other hand-held spindle. The card serves to untangle, clean, remove debris from, and lay the fibers straight.
  4. (dated, textiles) A machine for disentangling the fibre of wool prior to spinning.
  5. A roll or sliver of fibre (as of wool) delivered from a carding machine.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (textiles) To use a carding device to disentangle the fibres of wool prior to spin.
  2. To scrape or tear someone’s flesh using a metal comb, as a form of torture.
  3. (transitive) To comb with a card; to cleanse or disentangle by carding. to card a horse
    • {{rfquotek}}
  4. (obsolete, transitive, figuratively) To clean or clear, as if by using a card.
    • {{rfdate}} T. Shelton This book [must] be carded and purged.
  5. (obsolete, transitive) To mix or mingle, as with an inferior or weaker article.
    • {{rfdate}} Greene You card your beer, if your guests begin to be drunk, half small, half strong.
cardboardy etymology cardboard + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling cardboard.
    • {{quote-news}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) cardigan
card tart
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, informal) A rate tart.
carebear etymology care + bear, referring to the Care Bears, a brand of cheerful bear figures on greeting cards.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, derogatory, video games) A player who is not a griefer; one who dislikes, or tries to prevent, trouble in the game world.
    • 2001, "John Peat", Losing XP - is it the fairest system (on newsgroup Role-players, carebears and casual gamers belong here. They advance at their own pace, oblivious to the race going on around them.
    • 2002, "Ron Jeremy", I'm done with AC2.. Moving to Neocron on 13th! (on newsgroup If a guy turns out to be a griefer, he won't last... … Personally, i'd{{SIC}} be more than happy if the carebear fucks stayed the hell out of Neocron.
    • 2002, "foamy", Sar{{SIC}} Wars MMOG: No appeal for me (on newsgroup There are always going to be carebears who will scream at the slightest notion that they can't take their leisurely stroll through the game where nothing bad ever happens, but piss on 'em. :-)
career-limiting move Alternative forms: career limiting move
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (euphemistic, humorous) An act that is likely to result in the actor's demotion or loss of employment.
    • 1991 Oct 08: dan herrick, Re: IV&V as a tool for dealing with "mistakes" and uncertainty,, However, such a career limiting move is only worth while if it can be reasonably expected to succeed in changing the wrong-headed policy.
    • 1995 Jan 11: Kay Hammer as cited in Neil Raden, Re: Data Warehousing, comp.databases, Consequently, it can be a career-limiting move not to consider carefully all these issues during the design phase.
    • 1999 Aug 02: Obnoxio The Clown, Re: "Create Database" Security Hole?, comp.databases.informix, ... you would make it clear to any luser that did have access that filling up your root dbspace is a career limiting move? :-)
    • 2006 Feb 28: Xocyll, Re: WoW teaches the wrong things,, Kind of a career limiting move to leave the game running where management might find it.
careware etymology care + ware
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal) Charityware.
  • racewear
caries etymology From Latin caries. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkeəriːz/
  • (US) /ˈkeriz/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The progressive destruction of bone or tooth by decay
Synonyms: cavity
cark it etymology Possibly a shortening of carcass + it. Apparently not related to cark.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, slang) To die. The guy was running, then he had a heart attack and carked it.
    • page 86,, 0688085113 , “He′d always bragged about carking it before he hit twenty. When he turned twenty, he escalated the date of his demise to twenty-five. ”
    • 1998, Barry Westburg, Glenda & Me & Meathead Go For Broke, Rage of Angels: Expatriate Tales, [http//|%22carking+it%22|%22carked+it%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Q90fT6-1Co2aiQeUifT3DQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22cark%20it%22|%22carking%20it%22|%22carked%20it%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 74], If I hit the little shit too hard his parents could even sue me. There′s a fine line between self-defence and pure and simple mayhem. The little bastard might even cark it.
    • 2010, , The Koala of Death, [http//|%22carking+it%22|carked+it%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wAsfT-fnOpCdmQWu5uzRDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22cark%20it%22|%22carking%20it%22|carked%20it%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 10], “Hi Bill. Zorah told you about Kate?” “That she carked it? Yeh.” Translation: That she died. Yeah. He flapped his hand in a go-away gesture and started toward the koalas, but not before I saw a haunted look in his eyes. Did he still care for Kate?
Carl pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From German and other north European Carl and Karl, cognate with English Charles. Alternative forms: Karl
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A given name.
    • 1882 Doctor Carl, in Frank Leslie's Pleasant Hours, F. Leslie Pub. Co., 1882, Volume 31, page 293: Of course you know that Carl Duruside, or 'Doctor Carl', as he is always called by almost anybody, is my husband's brother?
    • 1919 , Rainbow Valley, 1st World Publishing (2007), ISBN 142184298X, page 19: And Thomas Carlyle is nine. They call him Carl, and he has a regular mania for collecting toads and bugs and frogs and bringing them into the house.
    • 2004 David W. Scott, The Disillusioned:A Story of Our Times, Fraser Books, ISBN 0958233284, page 204: I'd weave through the throng — scanning for empties to return while flirting, sniffing out kids smoking grass and sharing smokes with Ivor and Carl on the door. With a name like Carl you can imagine a six-foot tall and wide bouncer, but Ivor...
etymology 2 Shortening.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A student at Carleton College, Minnesota.
    • 2005, Adam Zang, Jendrey Julie, Chris Mason, Carleton College Located in rural Minnesota, Carleton is not surrounded by any cultural diversity unless you count pig farms and cow farms as separately diverse institutions. The nice thing about Carleton is that Carls are pretty much non-judgmental …
  • ACLR
carn pronunciation
  • /kɑːn/
etymology Adapted from the vernacular pronunciation of c'mon, itself an informal variant of come on. The first uses of the term in its extended sense appear to have been amongst Australian rules football fans in Victoria, with the use later spreading to other states and sports.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Australia, informal) Come on.
  2. (Australia, informal) An exclamation of support or approval, usually for a sporting (especially football) team.
    • 1956 September 10, "Carn the Magpies!", The Argus
    • 2001 March 26, "Rabbitohs win hearts and minds of the disaffected", The Sydney Morning Herald Cries of "Carn the Bunnies" rang out, and the talk was of past glories, present disappointments and future hopes.
    • 2004 February 12, "Keeping sport local on our ABC", The Age Surely there is someone in ABC Television management who has read Bruce Dawe's evocative poem Life Cycle: "When children are born in Victoria/they are wrapped in the club-colours, laid in beribboned cots/having already begun a lifetime's barracking/Carn, they cry, carn … feebly at first."
    • 2011 October 11, "Carn the Four'n Twenty, says Preston", Herald Sun
  • cRNA
  • cran
  • narc
  • NRCA
carnage etymology From Middle French carnage, from Latin carnaticum, itself from Latin carnem, accusative of caro. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkɑː.nɪdʒ/
  • (US) /ˈkɑɹ.nɪdʒ/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Death and destruction.
  2. What remains after a massacre, e.g. the corpses or gore.
  3. (figurative, slang) Any chaotic situation.
    • 2014, Simon Spence, Happy Mondays: Excess All Areas The lads had recently returned from a wild summer on the party island of Ibiza, an increasingly popular hotspot for working-class British youth. But this was not a scene of drunken holiday carnage in tacky discos.
Synonyms: bloodbath, massacre
  • cranage
carnivoracity etymology {{blend}}?
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete, humorous) greedy appetite for flesh {{rfquotek}}
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carnivore etymology Borrowing from French carnivore, from Latin carnivorus. Equivalent to + vore. pronunciation
  • /ˈkɑːnɪvɔː/
  • /ˈkɑːɹ.nɪ.vɔr/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any animal that eats meat as the main part of its diet.
  2. (zoology) A mammal belonging to the order Carnivora.
  3. (informal) A person who is not a vegetarian.
Not all meat-eaters (e.g. meat-eating birds and fish) belong to Carnivora, and not all Carnivora are meat-eaters (e.g. giant panda). To avoid the confusion, a new term carnivoran has been introduced to mean "belonging to Carnivora". Synonyms: meatarian, meatatarian (of people)
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carob {{rfi}} {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle French carobe, from Arabic خروب 〈kẖrwb〉, from aii .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An evergreen shrub or tree, Ceratonia siliqua, native to the Mediterranean region.
  2. The fruit of that tree.
  3. A sweet chocolate-like confection made with the pulp of the fruit.
Synonyms: {{vern}}, locust bean
  • carbo, COBRA, cobra, CORBA
caroon etymology A corruption of the pml and Italian corona.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, obsolete slang) A crown coin; its value, 5 shilling. 1859, J.C. Hotten, A Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant, and Vulgar Words Half-a-crown is known as an {{smallcaps}}, {{smallcaps}}, {{smallcaps}}, and a {{smallcaps}}; whilst a crown piece, or five shilling, may be called either a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}.
carpal tunnel syndrome {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. (singulare tantum) A form of repetitive stress injury caused by compression of the median nerve travelling through the carpal tunnel.
Synonyms: CTS
carpet etymology From Old French carpite, from Malayalam/Italian carpita/carpita, the past participle of Latin carpere. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkɑː.pɪt/
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noun: {{en-noun}} (uncountable and countable)
  1. A fabric used as a complete floor covering.
  2. (figuratively) Any surface or cover resembling a carpet or fulfilling its function.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) the grassy carpet of this plain
  3. (obsolete) A wrought cover for tables.
    • Thomas Fuller (1606-1661) Tables and beds covered with copes instead of carpets and coverlets.
  4. (slang, vulgar) A woman's pubic hair.
The terms carpet and rug are often used interchangeably, but various distinctions are drawn. Most often, a rug is loose and covers part of a floor, while a carpet covers most or all of the floor (hence typically square), and may be loose or attached, while a fitted carpet runs wall-to-wall. Another distinction is quality: a rug may be coarser, while a carpet is higher quality and has finished ends. Initially carpet referred primarily to table and wall coverings, today called tablecloth or tapestry – the use of the term for floor coverings dates to the 18th century, following trade with Persia.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To lay carpet, or to have carpet install, in an area. After the fire, they carpeted over the blackened hardwood flooring. The builders were carpeting in the living room when Zadie inspected her new house.
  2. (transitive) To substantially cover something, like a carpet; to blanket something. Popcorn and candy wrappers carpeted the floor of the cinema.
  3. (UK) To reprimand.
    • 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society 2010, p. 428: Even Colonel Yakov, so recently carpeted by St Petersburg, was reported to be back in the Pamirs.
carpetbagger etymology From carpetbag + er. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkɑːpɪtbaɡə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (politics, history, chiefly, US) An immigrant from the Northern to the Southern States after the American Civil War of 1861–5, especially one who went South to gain political influence; hence, someone intervening in the politics of an area with which they are thought to have no real connection. Though he lived and worked in Los Angeles for sixteen years, the candidate for Attorney General is no carpetbagger; he was born and raised in this state and graduated from the state university. He's just a carpetbagger who was surprised to find that Southerns are not like the cast of The Dukes of Hazzard or Deliverance.
  2. (pejorative, by extension) One who comes to a place or organisation with which they have no previous connection with the sole or primary aim of personal gain, especially political or financial gain.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 339: By the tenth century, out of the diversity of these Christianized Anglo-Saxon kingdoms emerged one of the most coherent political units in Europe, a single monarchy of England, with a precociously centralized government which eventually fell like a ripe plum into the grateful hands of Norman carpetbaggers in 1066.
related terms:
  • carpetbag
carpet kisser
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, offensive, religious slur) A Muslim.
    • 2002, Bajram Koljenovic, Blood of Montenegro, Page 207 You had better watch your mouth, mister carpet kisser, you sound like a puking yellow Albanian.” “I am Montenegrin,” I informed him. “No, I'm Montenegrin,” said one of the Orthodox soldiers from Cetinje. “You're Muslim, and you Muslims
    • 2003, Haffah Daffah, Re: How DARE you Muslims defy the US of A! Group: alt.religion.islam Ohh Ghod! an Aussie Carpet Kisser? They're there too?
    • 2001, Hallu Atamas, Re: HRW 10/22 Casualties Group: alt.religion.islam Yeah...well... just bow to the east/west and point your a$$ to the west/east carpet kisser, we're just gonna keep kickin' it
carpet muncher etymology A reference to cunnilingus. Compare does the carpet match the drapes.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, offensive) A person who performs oral sex on a woman, usually a lesbian.
  • The synonymous variant rug muncher also exists, but is somewhat less common.
Synonyms: cunnilinguist
carpet munching
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare, vulgar, slang) cunnilingus
related terms:
  • carpetmuncher
carpet shark {{wikipedia}} etymology carpet + shark
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a shark of the order Orectolobiformes
  2. (informal, humorous) a ferret
carrion etymology Old French caroigne, from Latin caro. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Dead flesh; carcass. Vultures feed on carrion.
    • Spenser They did eat the dead carrions.
    • 1922, , , Vintage Classics, paperback edition, page 119 Perhaps the Purple Emperor is feasting, as Morris says, upon a mass of putrid carrion at the base of an oak tree.
  2. (obsolete, derogatory) A contemptible or worthless person.
    • Shakespeare Old feeble carrions.
related terms:
  • carrion beetle
  • carrion crow
carrot {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} etymology From Middle French carotte, from Latin carota. pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /ˈkɛɹət/, /ˈkæɹət/
  • (RP) /ˈkæɹət/
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  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A vegetable with a nutritious, juicy, orange, sweet root, Daucus carota in the family Apiaceae.
  2. A shade of orange similar to the flesh of carrots. {{color panel}}
  3. A motivational tool.
  • trocar
carrot cruncher Alternative forms: carrot-cruncher
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, derogatory) Someone from a rural background.
    • 2006 Will Self, The Book of Dave Symun Devush, the carrot-cruncher, the hick from the sticks, who, when he'd arrived at the gaol, had no more conception of the city he found himself in than a worm does of the apple ...
    • 2008 Sally Worboyes, Handbags And Gladrags 'Me having an up to date style even though I've turned into a carrot cruncher. A country bumpkin.' Nathan giggled. 'Country bumpkin? I don't think so.'
    • 2010 Cameron Addicott, The Interceptor At least I come from a part of the world that has got a football team; you're a friggn' carrot cruncher and you support the bloody scally's.
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of carrot
  2. (slang, derogatory) (UK) A redhead.
  • trocars
carrot top etymology carrot + top
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) A person with red hair; a redhead
Synonyms: ginge (UK), ginger (UK), ginger head (UK), ranga (Australia), redhead, copper (UK)
carry {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English carrien, from xno carier (modern French: charrier); see Latin carrus. Replaced native Middle English ferien (from Old English ferian) and Middle English aberen (from Old English āberan). pronunciation
  • /ˈkæ.ɹi/ or (Mary-marry-merry) /ˈkɛ.ɹi/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To lift (something) and take it to another place; to transport (something) by lifting.
    • 1900, L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Ch.23: "By means of the Golden Cap I shall command the Winged Monkeys to carry you to the gates of the Emerald City," said Glinda, "for it would be a shame to deprive the people of so wonderful a ruler."
    • {{RQ:EHough PrqsPrc}} Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers, of errand not wholly obvious to their fellows, yet of such sort as to call into query alike the nature of their errand and their own relations. It is easily earned repetition to state that Josephine St. Auban's was a presence not to be concealed.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  2. To transfer from one place (such as a country, book, or column) to another. exampleto carry the war from Greece into Asia;  to carry an account to the ledger
  3. To convey by extension or continuance; to extend. exampleThe builders are going to carry the chimney through {{nowrap}} They would have carried the road ten miles further, but ran {{nowrap}}
  4. (transitive, mostly, archaic) To move; to convey by force; to impel; to conduct; to lead or guide.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Go, carry Sir John Falstaff to the Fleet.
    • Bible, Book of Genesis xxxi.18 He carried away all his cattle.
    • John Locke (1632-1705) Passion and revenge will carry them too far.
  5. (transitive) To stock or supply (something). exampleThe corner drugstore doesn't carry his favorite brand of aspirin.
  6. (transitive) To adopt (something); take (something) over. exampleI think I can carry Smith's work while she is out.
  7. (transitive) To adopt or resolve upon, especially in a deliberative assembly; as, to carry a motion.
  8. (transitive, arithmetic) In an addition, to transfer the quantity in excess of what is countable in the unit in a column to the column immediately to the left in order to be added there. exampleFive and nine are fourteen; carry the one to the tens place.
  9. (transitive) To have or maintain (something). exampleAlways carry sufficient insurance to protect against a loss.
  10. (intransitive) To be transmit; to travel. exampleThe sound of the bells carried for miles on the wind.
    • 1912, Stratemeyer Syndicate, Baseball Joe on the School Nine Ch.1: It might seem easy to hit the head of a barrel at that distance, but either the lads were not expert enough or else the snowballs, being of irregular shapes and rather light, did not carry well. Whatever the cause, the fact remained that the barrel received only a few scattering shots and these on the outer edges of the head.
  11. (slang, transitive) To insult, to diss.
  12. (transitive, nautical) To capture a ship by coming alongside and boarding.
  13. (transitive, sports) To transport (the ball) whilst maintaining possession.
    • {{quote-news}}
  14. (transitive) To have on one's "person" (see examples). exampleshe always carries a purse;  marsupials carry their young in a pouch
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 10 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “Men that I knew around Wapatomac didn't wear high, shiny plug hats, nor yeller spring overcoats, nor carry canes with ivory heads as big as a catboat's anchor, as you might say.”
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  15. To be pregnant (with). The doctor said she's carrying twins.
  16. To have propulsive power; to propel. exampleA gun or mortar carries well.
  17. To hold the head; said of a horse. exampleto carry well, i.e. to hold the head high, with arching neck
  18. (hunting) To have earth or frost stick to the feet when running, as a hare. {{rfquotek}}
  19. To bear or uphold successfully through conflict, as a leader or principle; hence, to succeed in, as in a contest; to bring to a successful issue; to win. exampleThe Tories carried the election.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616) The greater part carries it.
    • Joseph Addison (1672-1719) the carrying of our main point
  20. (obsolete) To get possession of by force; to capture.
    • Francis Bacon (1561-1626) The town would have been carried in the end.
  21. To contain; to comprise; to bear the aspect of; to show or exhibit; to imply.
    • Isaac Watts (1674-1748) He thought it carried something of argument in it.
    • John Locke (1632-1705) It carries too great an imputation of ignorance.
  22. (reflexive) To bear (oneself); to behave or conduct.
    • Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon (1609-1674) He carried himself so insolently in the house, and out of the house, to all persons, that he became odious.
  23. To bear the charges or burden of holding or having, as stocks, merchandise, etc., from one time to another. exampleA merchant is carrying a large stock;  {{nowrap}} carries {{nowrap}} {{nowrap}} carries stock for {{nowrap}} {{nowrap}} a life insurance.
Synonyms: (lift and bring to somewhere else) bear, move, transport, (stock, supply): have, keep, stock, supply, (adopt) adopt, take on, take over, (have, maintain): have, maintain, (be transmitted, travel): be transmit, travel
  • (in arithmetic) borrow (the equivalent reverse procedure in the inverse operation of subtraction)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A manner of transporting or lifting something; the grip or position in which something is carried. Adjust your carry from time to time so that you don't tire too quickly.
  2. A tract of land over which boat or goods are carried between two bodies of navigable water; a portage.
  3. (computing) The bit or digit that is carried in an addition operation.
    • 1988, Michael A. Miller, The 68000 Microprocessor (page 45) On paper, simply add the carry to the next addition; that is, $B2 + $9C + 1. That's fine for paper, but how is it done by computer?
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cart {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (RP) /kɑːt/
  • (GenAm) /kɑɹt/
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etymology 1 Probably from Old English cræt, from Old Norse kartr [ Etymology] in Merriam-Webster's dictionay, from Proto-Germanic *kratt-, *krad-, from Proto-Indo-European *ger-.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small, open, wheel vehicle, drawn or pushed by a person or animal, more often used for transport goods than passengers. exampleThe grocer delivered his goods by cart.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 5 , “We made an odd party before the arrival of the Ten, particularly when the Celebrity dropped in for lunch or dinner. He could not be induced to remain permanently at Mohair because Miss Trevor was at Asquith, but he appropriated a Hempstead cart from the Mohair stables and made the trip sometimes twice in a day.”
  2. A small motor vehicle resembling a car; a go-cart.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To carry goods. I've been carting these things around all day.
  2. (transitive) To carry or convey in a cart.
  3. (transitive) {{rfdef}}
    • 2001, Donald Spoto, Marilyn Monroe: The Biography, chapter 2, {{gbooks}}: On August 4, 1927, Della was carted away to the Norwalk State Hospital, suffering from acute myocarditis, a general term for inflammation of the heart and surrounding tissues.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To expose in a cart by way of punishment.
    • Prior She chuckled when a bawd was carted.
etymology 2 Shortened from cartridge.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (video games, informal) A cartridge for a video game system. My Final Fantasy cart on the NES is still alive and kicking.
  • C-rat
  • RACT
cartoon {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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  • (US) /kɑɹˈtuːn/
  • (RP) /kɑːˈtuːn/
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etymology From Italian cartone, augmentative of carta, from Latin carta.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (comics) A humorous drawing, often with a caption, or a strip of such drawings.
  2. (comics) A drawing satirising current public figures.
  3. (arts) An artist's preliminary sketch.
  4. (animation) An animated piece of film which is often but not exclusively humorous.
    • 12 July 2012, Sam Adams, AV Club Ice Age: Continental Drift The matter of whether the world needs a fourth Ice Age movie pales beside the question of why there were three before it, but Continental Drift feels less like an extension of a theatrical franchise than an episode of a middling TV cartoon, lolling around on territory that’s already been settled.
  5. A diagram in a scientific concept.
Synonyms: (humorous drawing or strip) comic strip, strip cartoon, (satire of public figures) caricature, political cartoon
related terms:
  • cartoonist
  • comic book
  • funnies
  • funny papers
  • funny pages
  • strip cartoon
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (arts, comics, animation) To draw a cartoon.
  • coranto
cartooney etymology Possibly a portmanteau of the words cartoon (alluding to fantasy and exaggeration) and attorney, or a variation of cartoony (cartoon-like).
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. misspelling of cartoony
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet, slang) An empty and comically overstated threat of legal action, or a mock legal action.
Alternative forms: cart00ney (spelled with 2 zeroes)
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang, Internet) plural of cartooney
cartwheel etymology From cart + wheel.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The literal wheel of a cart.
  2. A gymnastic maneuver whereby the gymnast rotates to one side or the other while keeping arms and legs outstretched, spin for one or more revolutions.
  3. (UK, historical, obsolete slang) A crown coin; its value, 5 shilling.
    • 1859, J.C. Hotten, A Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant, and Vulgar Words Half-a-crown is known as an {{smallcaps}}, {{smallcaps}}, {{smallcaps}}, and a {{smallcaps}}; whilst a crown piece, or five shilling, may be called either a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}.
  4. (US, historical, obsolete slang) A silver dollar of the larger size produced before 1979.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To perform the gymnastics feat of a cartwheel.
  2. To flip end over end: normally said of a crashing vehicle or aircraft. The race car hit a bump and cartwheeled over the finish line.
carve up Alternative forms: carve-up
verb: {{head}}
  1. To cut into pieces.
  2. (country, land, etc.) To divide or dismember, separate into parts The British carved up the Ottoman Empire after World War I.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The act or instance of dishonestly prearranging the result of a competition.
  2. (slang) The distribution of something, as of money or booty.
    • 2012, The Economist, The Swahili coast: Contagion of discontent In the colonial carve-up that followed, lines were drawn between the port cities of Mombasa and Dar es Salaam and the island of Zanzibar.
casa etymology Borrowing from Spanish
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) house Get out of my casa!
    • Francis Bret Harte I saw that Enriquez had made no attempt to modernize the old casa, and that even the garden was left in its lawless native luxuriance.
cascade {{was wotd}} {{Webster 1913}} etymology French cascade, from Italian cascata, from cascare pronunciation
  • /kæsˈkeɪd/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A waterfall or series of small waterfalls.
    • Cowper Now murm'ring soft, now roaring in cascade.
    • Longfellow The silver brook … pours the white cascade.
  2. (figuratively) A stream or sequence of a thing or things occurring as if falling like a cascade. The rise in serotonin levels sets off a cascade of chemical events — Richard M. Restak, The Secret Life of the Brain, Joseph Henry Press, 2001
  3. A series of electrical (or other types of) component, the output of any one being connected to the input of the next; See also daisy chain
  4. (juggling) A pattern typically performed with an odd number of prop, where each prop is caught by the opposite hand.
  5. (Internet) A sequence of absurd short message posted to a newsgroup by different author, each one responding to the most recent message and quoting the entire sequence to that point (with ever-increasing indentation).
    • 1993, "e.j.barker", Disassociation (on Internet newsgroup alt.slack) Don't you hate cascades? I hate cascades!
    • 1999, "Anonymous", CYBERLIAR SCAVENGER HUNT 1999 (on Internet newsgroup alt.test) Spark a usenet cascade of no less than 300 replies.
    • 2004, "swt", ARRR! (on Internet newsgroup alt.religion.kibology) Anyway. I didn't mean to say that everyone who posts URLs is bad and wrong and should lose their breathing privileges. Just that I was getting weary of look-at-this-link posts, sort of like some people get sick of cascades.
  6. A hairpiece for women consisting of curled locks or a bun attached to a firm base, used to create the illusion of fuller hair.
    • Creative Wedding Decorations You Can Make , Teresa Nelson , 1998 , page 10 , 1558704841 , “A cascade can be added to one or both sides of the band to work well with longer hair. ”
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To fall as a waterfall or series of small waterfalls.
  2. (transitive) To arrange in a stepped series like a waterfall.
    • 2001, Greg M Perry, Sams teach yourself Microsoft Windows XP in 24 hours No matter how you tile or cascade the windows, each window's Minimize, Maximize, and Restore buttons work as usual.
  3. To occur as a causal sequence.
  4. (archaic, slang) To vomit.
  • saccade
case {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /keɪs/
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etymology 1 From Middle English cas, from Old French cas, from Latin casus, perfect passive participle of cado, from Proto-Indo-European *kad-.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An actual event, situation, or fact. exampleFor a change, in this case, he was telling the truth. exampleIt is not the case that every unfamiliar phrase is an idiom. exampleIn case of fire, break glass. [sign on fire extinguisher holder in public space]
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  2. (now rare) A given condition or state.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.10: Ne wist he how to turne, nor to what place: / Was never wretched man in such a wofull cace.
  3. A piece of work, specifically defined within a profession. exampleIt was one of the detective's easiest cases.  Social workers should work on a maximum of forty active cases.  The doctor told us of an interesting case he had treated that morning.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 2 , “We drove back to the office with some concern on my part at the prospect of so large a case. Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke.”
    • 1927, [ F. E. Penny] , 4, [ Pulling the Strings] , “The case was that of a murder. It had an element of mystery about it, however, which was puzzling the authorities. A turban and loincloth soaked in blood had been found; also a staff. These properties were known to have belonged to a toddy drawer. He had disappeared.”
  4. (academia) An instance or event as a topic of study. exampleThe teaching consists of theory lessons and case studies.
    • {{quote-magazine}}
  5. (legal) A legal proceeding, lawsuit.
  6. (grammar) A specific inflection of a word depending on its function in the sentence. exampleThe accusative case canonically indicates a direct object.  Latin has six cases, and remnants of a seventh.
    • 1988, Andrew Radford, Transformational grammar: a first course, Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press, page 292, 6 Now, the Subject of either an indicative or a subjunctive Clause is always assigned Nominative case, as we see from:(16) (a)   I know [that they/*them/*their leave for Hawaii tomorrow](16) (b)   I demand [that they/*them/*their leave for Hawaii tomorrow]By contrast, the Subject of an infinitive Clause is assigned Objective case, as we see from:(17)   I want [them/*they/*their to leave for Hawaii tomorrow]And the Subject of a gerund Clause is assigned either Objective or Genitive case: cf. (18)   I don't like the idea of [them/their/*they leaving for Hawaii tomorrow]
  7. (grammar, uncountable) Grammatical cases and their meanings taken either as a topic in general or within a specific language. exampleJane has been studying case in Caucasian languages.  Latin is a language that employs case.
  8. (medicine) An instance of a specific condition or set of symptom. exampleThere were another five cases reported overnight.
  9. (computing, programming) A section of code representing one of the action of a conditional switch.
    • 2004, Rick Miller, C++ for Artists Place a break statement at the end of every case to prevent case fall-through.
    • 2011, Stephen Prata, C++ Primer Plus (page 275) Execution does not automatically stop at the next case.
Synonyms: befall, grammatical case
  • See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To propose hypothetical case.
    • L'Estrange Casing upon the matter.
etymology 2 From Middle English cas, from onf casse, Old French chasse, from Latin capsa, from capio.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A box that contains or can contain a number of identical items of manufacture.
  2. A box, sheath, or covering generally. a case for spectacles; the case of a watch
  3. A piece of luggage that can be used to transport an apparatus such as a sewing machine.
  4. An enclosing frame or casing. a door case; a window case
  5. A suitcase.
  6. A piece of furniture, constructed partially of transparent glass or plastic, within which items can be displayed.
  7. The outer covering or framework of a piece of apparatus such as a computer.
  8. (printing, historical) A shallow tray divided into compartments or "boxes" for holding type, traditionally arranged in sets of two, the "upper case" (containing capitals, small capitals, accented) and "lower case" (small letters, figures, punctuation marks, quadrat, and spaces).
  9. (typography, by extension) The nature of a piece of alphabetic type, whether a “capital” (upper case) or “small” (lower case) letter.
  10. (poker slang) Four of a kind.
  11. (US) A unit of liquid measure used to measure sales in the beverage industry, equivalent to 192 fluid ounce.
  12. (mining) A small fissure which admits water into the workings. {{rfquotek}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (poker slang) The last remaining card of a particular rank. He drew the case eight!
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To place (an item or items of manufacture) into a box, as in preparation for shipment.
  2. (transitive) To cover or protect with, or as if with, a case; to enclose.
    • Prescott The man who, cased in steel, had passed whole days and nights in the saddle.
  3. (transitive, informal) To survey (a building or other location) surreptitious, as in preparation for a robbery.
    • 1977, Michael Innes, The Gay Phoenix, ISBN 9780396074427, p. 116: You are in the grounds of Brockholes Abbey, a house into which a great deal of valuable property has just been moved. And your job is to case the joint for a break in.
    • 2014, Amy Goodman, From COINTELPRO to Snowden, the FBI Burglars Speak Out After 43 Years of Silence (Part 2), Democracy Now!, January 8, 2014, 0:49 to 0:57: Bonnie worked as a daycare director. She helped case the FBI office by posing as a college student interested in becoming an FBI agent.
  • {{rank}}
  • Aces, aces, æsc, ASCE, ESCA
caser etymology Possibly from Yiddish כתר 〈kţr〉, from Hebrew כֶּתֶר 〈kėţer〉
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, UK) A crown, a five shilling coin.
  • acres, cares, ceras, e-cars, races, sacre, scare, serac
cash pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /kæʃ/
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etymology 1 From Middle French caisse, from Old Provençal caissa, from Old Italian cassa, from Latin capsa, from capio, from Proto-Indo-European *keh₂p- 〈*keh₂p-〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Money in the form of note/bill and coin, as opposed to cheque/check or electronic transaction. After you bounced those checks last time, they want to be paid in cash.
  2. (informal) Money.
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  3. (Canada) Cash register.
  4. (archaic) A place where money is kept, or where it is deposited and paid out; a money box.
    • {{rfdate}} Sir W. Temple This bank is properly a general cash, where every man lodges his money.
    • {{rfdate}} Sir R. Winwood £20,000 are known to be in her cash.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To exchange (a check/cheque) for money in the form of notes/bills.
  2. (poker slang) To obtain a payout from a tournament.
etymology 2 From Tamil காசு 〈kācu〉.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of several low-denomination coins of India or China, especially the Chinese copper coin.
etymology 3 See cashier.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To disband. {{rfquotek}}
  • achs, cahs, Chas
cashbox Alternative forms: cash box, cash-box
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A box for holding cash.
  2. (slang) A toll booth.
cash boy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, informal) In large retail stores, a male messenger who carries the money received by the salesman from customer to a cashier, and returns the proper change.
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cashectomy etymology cash + ectomy
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The removal of all money from a person, usually by voluntary means
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of cash
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Exhausted or used up; finish, empty. That bowl is cashed. Hand me another beer. This one is cashed.
  • {{seeCites}}
  • chased
cash grab Alternative forms: cashgrab, cash-grab
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) product designed without love or care, with the sole intent of generating profits
    • Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson , Nevin Martell , 2009 , page 128 , 082642984X , “Considering some of the other offers that were made, allowing this one piece of merchandise was by no means a cash grab; this was merely Watterson putting a toe in the water. ”
  2. (politics) Legislation that serves primarily the purpose of generating revenue.
    • SAGE Internet Research Methods , Jason Hughes , 2012 , page 224 , 1446275930 , “Registered in the OED as 'a tax intended to discourage the emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, esp. one levied on the burning of fossil fuels', in some of our blog discussions carbon tax is repeatedly referred to as a cash grab. ”
    • The Black Hole of Public Administration , Ruth Hubbard & ‎Gilles Paquet , 2010, page 294 , 0776607421 , “But this governance exercise quickly degenerated into a cash grab exercise (fundamentally corrupting the original purposes), when deficit and debt reduction became the categorical imperative. ”
  3. An activity engaged in with the intention of making money quickly.
    • Ray Tate and Djuna Brown Mysteries 3-Book Bundle: Free Form Jazz/Picasso Blues/Presto Variations , Lee Lamothe , 2013, page 294 , 1459723643 , “They went out on a cash grab today, got a couple hundred grand, but they say they've turned the courier around, go intel there's a big money stash out there." ”
  4. The money generated by a cash grab.
    • Green Intentions: Creating a Green Value Stream to Compete , Brett Wills , 2013, page 2011 , 1420089633 , “If you are sustainably harvesting, you should be able to sustain the income that comes from harvesting instead of getting a larger cash grab now, and then forgoing future income. ”
  5. A game in which players attempt to grab as much money as possible.
    • Fly Fishing with Darth Vader: And Other Adventures with Evangelical Wrestlers, Political Hitmen, and Jewish Cowboys , Matt Labash , 2010, page 275 , 143917010X , “The culminating funtivity is a cash grab on a Twister-like mat between two people, in which they stuff as much money into their various pockets, shirt fronts, and orifices as humanly possible. ”
cash money
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, emphatic) Cash, or a thing easily converted to cash, as opposed to credit.
    • 2008 July 9, Jacqueline Mitchell, “America's Most Stolen Vehicles”, in , So don't think for a moment that your old but tired vehicle matters only to you. Your clunker is cash money to professional thieves.
cashola etymology cash + ola pronunciation
  • (GenAm) /kæˈʃoʊlə/
  • (RP) /kæˈʃəʊlə/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) cash; money.
    • 2004, Mimi Hare, Clare Naylor, The second assistant: a tale from the bottom of the Hollywood ladder (page 201) But with a large Irish family to keep in potatoes and a livery of bodyguards that would have made Joseph Stalin look paranoid, he needed the cashola.
cashtration etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, humorous) The loss or lack of money.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A given name, an occasional variant of Caspar.
  2. (offensive, slang) A white person
  3. A city in Wyoming
  4. A mountain in Wyoming
  • capers, crapes, escarp, e-scrap, Pacers, pacers, parsec, recaps, scrape, spacer
casting couch Alternative forms: casting-couch
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A sofa on which a jobseeker is expected to perform sexual act in return for a part in a film or other job.
    • {{quote-book }}
  2. (idiomatic, slang) The situation as described above.
    • {{quote-book }}
    • {{quote-magazine }}
castle {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English castle, castel, from Old English castel, castell, cæstel, ċeastel, borrowed from ll castellum, diminutive of Latin castrum, possibly from Proto-Indo-European *kat-. Parallel borrowings (from Late Latin or Old French) are Scots castel, castell, Western Frisian kastiel, Dutch kasteel, German Kastell, Danish kastel, Swedish kastell, Icelandic kastali. The Middle English word was reinforced by xno/onf castel, itself from ll castellum (compare modern French château from Old French chastel). If Latin castrum is from Proto-Indo-European *kat-, Latin casa is related. Possibly related also to Gothic , Old English heaþor. See also casino, cassock. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈkɑː.səl/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈkæ.səl/
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  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A large building that is fortified and contains many defence; in previous ages often inhabited by a nobleman or king.
  2. (chess) An instance of castling.
  3. (chess, informal) A rook; a chess piece shaped like a castle tower.
  4. (obsolete) A close helmet.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, p. 12, The castle was perhaps a figurative name for a close headpiece deduced from its enclosing and defending the head, as a castle did the whole body; or a corruption from the Old French word casquetel, a small or light helmet.
  5. (dated) Any strong, imposing, and stately mansion.
  6. (dated) A small tower, as on a ship, or an elephant's back.
For the chess piece, chess players prefer the term rook. Synonyms: (building) fortress, keep
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (chess) To perform the move of castling.
    • 1835, William Lewis, Chess for Beginners, London: Chapman and Hall, chapter 5, {{gbooks}}: No. 24. ¶ If your adversary make a false move, castle improperly, &c., you must take notice of such irregularity before you move, or even touch a piece, or you are no longer allowed to inflict any penalties.
  2. (cricket) To bowl a batsman with a full-length ball or yorker such that the stumps are knocked over.
    • 2009, Lightning Bolt blows over Gayle, BBC Sport: And the 23-year-old brought the crowd to their feet when he castled Gayle's stumps, signalling the direction of the pavilion to his friend for good measure.
    • 2011, Firdose Moonda, A day for missed hat-tricks, ESPNcricinfo: He bowled Vinay with a with a full, straight ball that castled off stump and then dished up a yorker that RP Singh backed away to and sent onto his stumps.
  • cleats, sclate
casual Alternative forms: casuall (obsolete) etymology From Middle French casuel, from ll cāsuālis, from Latin cāsus, from cadere. pronunciation
  • /ˈkæʒuəl/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Happening by chance.
    • Washington Irving casual breaks, in the general system
    exampleThey only had casual meetings.
  2. Coming without regularity; occasional or incidental.
    • Nathaniel Hawthorne a constant habit, rather than a casual gesture
    exampleThe purchase of donuts was just a casual expense.
  3. Employed irregularly.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 17 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “This time was most dreadful for Lilian. Thrown on her own resources and almost penniless, she maintained herself and paid the rent of a wretched room near the hospital by working as a charwoman, sempstress, anything. In a moment she had dropped to the level of a casual labourer.”
    exampleHe was just a casual worker.
  4. Careless.
    • 2007, Nick Holland, The Girl on the Bus (page 117) I removed my jacket and threw it casually over the back of the settee.
  5. Happening or coming to pass without design.
  6. Informal, relaxed.
  7. Designed for informal or everyday use.
Synonyms: (happening by chance) accidental, fortuitous, incidental, occasional, random, (happening or coming to pass without design) unexpected, (relaxed; everyday use) informal
  • (happening by chance) inevitable, necessary
  • (happening or coming to pass without design) expected, scheduled
  • (relaxed; everyday use) ceremonial, formal
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, NZ) A worker who is only working for a company occasionally, not as its permanent employee.
  2. A soldier temporarily at a place of duty, usually en route to another place of duty.
  3. (UK) A member of a group of football hooligan who wear expensive designer clothing to avoid police attention; see Casual (subculture).
  4. One who receives relief for a night in a parish to which he does not belong; a vagrant.
  5. (video games, informal) A player of casual game.
  • causal
casuistry {{was wotd}} {{was wotd}} etymology From casuist + ry. First recorded use in 1725. pronunciation
  • /ˈkæʒuɪstɹi/, /ˈkæzjuɪstɹi/
  • {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The process of answering practical questions via interpretation of rules or cases that illustrate such rules, especially in ethics.
    • 1968, Sidney Monas (translator), Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment 1866. And yet it would seem that the whole analysis he had made, his attempt to find a moral solution to the problem, was complete. His casuistry had been honed to a razor’s edge, and he could no longer think of any objections.
    • 1995, Richard Powers, Galatea 2.2 “And if you lose?” Diana enunciated, through a thin grin. She meant to extract casuistry’s penalty in advance.
  2. (pejorative) A specious argument designed to defend an action or feeling.
Synonyms: (process of answering practical questions by cases) casuistics, (pejorative) excuse, legalism, rationalization, sophistry
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • casuist
  • casuistic
  • casuistical
  • casuistically
  • casuistics
etymology 1 Abbreviation of Catherine.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. A diminutive of the female given name Catherine.
etymology 2 Abbreviation of Caterpillar.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A piece of heavy machinery, such as a backhoe, of the Caterpillar brand.
  • act , act., Act., ACT
  • ATC
  • tac, TAC
  • TCA
cat {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (UK) /kæt/, [kʰæt], [kʰæʔ]
  • (US) /kæt/, [kʰæt], [kʰæʔ], [kʰeə̯t̚], [kʰæt̚ ], [kʰæʔt̚ ]
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etymology 1 From Middle English cat, catte, from Old English catt and catte, from ll cattus, from Latin (used around 75 {{C.E.}} by Martial)Douglas Harper, ''Online Etymology Dictionary'', s.v. "cat", [html], retrieved on 29 September 2009: []., from afa (as in ber kaddîska 'wildcat'), from Late Egyptian čaute,Jean-Paul Savignac, ''Dictionnaire français-gaulois'', s.v. "[[chat]]" (Paris: Errance, 2004), 82. feminine of čaus 'jungle cat, African wildcat', from earlier Ancient Egyptian tešau 'female cat'. Akin to Scots cat, West Frisian kat, Northern Frisian kåt, Dutch kat, Low German Katt, German Katze, Danish kat, Swedish katt, Icelandic köttur, Welsh cath, Armenian կատու 〈katu〉, Occitan cat.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An animal of the family Felidae:
    • 2011, Karl Kruszelnicki, Brain Food (ISBN 1466828129), page 53: Mammals need two genes to make the taste receptor for sugar. Studies in various cats (tigers, cheetahs and domestic cats) showed that one of these genes has mutated and no longer works.
    1. A domesticated subspecies (Felis silvestris catus) of feline animal, commonly kept as a house pet. {{defdate}}
      • {{RQ:WBsnt IvryGt}} At twilight in the summer there is never anybody to fear—man, woman, or cat—in the chambers and at that hour the mice come out. They do not eat parchment or foolscap or red tape, but they eat the luncheon crumbs.
    2. Any similar animal of the family Felidae, which includes lion, tiger, bobcats, etc.
  2. A catfish.
    • 1913, Willa Cather, , : She missed the fish diet of her own country, and twice every summer she sent the boys to the river, twenty miles to the southward, to fish for channel cat.
  3. A person.
    1. (offensive) A spiteful or angry woman. {{defdate}}
    2. An enthusiast or player of jazz.
      • 2008, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "Hold on to Yourself": I turn on the radio / There's some cat on the saxophone / Laying down a litany of excuses
    3. (slang) A person (usually male).
    4. (slang) A prostitute. {{defdate}}
  4. (nautical) A strong tackle used to hoist an anchor to the cathead of a ship.
  5. (chiefly, nautical) Short form of cat-o'-nine-tails.
    • 1839, testimony by Henry L. Pinckney, recorded in the Documents of the Assembly of the State of New York (Assembly No. 335), page 44: …he whipped a black man for disobedience of his orders fifty lashes; and again whipped him with a cat, which he wound with wire, about the same number of stripes;…he used this cat on one other man, and then destroyed the cat wound with wire.
  6. (slang) Any of a variety of earth-moving machine. (from their manufacturer Caterpillar Inc.)
  7. (archaic) A sturdy merchant sailing vessel (now only in "catboat").
  8. (archaic, uncountable) The game of "trap and ball" (also called "cat and dog").
    1. The trap of the game of "trap and ball".
  9. (slang, vulgar, African American Vernacular English) A vagina, a vulva; the female external genitalia.
    • 1969, Iceberg Slim, Pimp: The Story of My Life (Holloway House Publishing): "What the hell, so this broad's got a prematurely-gray cat."
    • 2005, Carolyn Chambers Sanders, Sins & Secrets (Hachette Digital): As she came up, she tried to put her cat in his face for some licking.
    • 2007, Franklin White, Money for Good (Simon and Schuster), page 64: I had a notion to walk over to her, rip her apron off, sling her housecoat open and put my finger inside her cat to see if she was wet or freshly fucked because the dream I had earlier was beginning to really annoy me.
  10. A double tripod (for holding a plate, etc.) with six feet, of which three rest on the ground, in whatever position it is placed.
Synonyms: (any member of the suborder (sometimes superfamily) Feliformia or Feloidea) feliform ("cat-like" carnivoran), feloid (compare Caniformia, {{taxlink}}), (any member of the family Felidae) felid, (any member of the subfamily Felinae, genera [[Puma]], [[Acinonyx]], [[Lynx]], [[Leopardus]], and [[Felis]])) feline cat, a feline, (any member of the subfamily Pantherinae, genera [[Panthera]], [[Uncia]] and [[Neofelis]]) pantherine cat, a pantherine, (technically, all members of the genus Panthera) panther (i.e. tiger, lion, jaguar, leopard), (narrow sense) panther (i.e. black panther), (any member of the extinct subfamily Machairodontinae, genera [[Smilodon]], {{taxlink}}, {{taxlink}}, etc.) {{taxlink}}, {{taxlink}} ({{taxlink}}), {{taxlink}}, "saber-toothed cat" (saber-tooth), (domestic species) puss, pussy, malkin, kitty, pussy-cat, grimalkin, (man) bloke (UK), chap (British), cove (UK), dude, fellow, fella, guy, (spiteful woman) bitch, See also , See also
  • (domestic species) housecat, malkin, kitten, mouser, tomcat
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (nautical) To hoist (the anchor) by its ring so that it hangs at the cathead.
  2. (nautical) To flog with a cat-o'-nine-tails.
  3. (slang) To vomit something.
etymology 2 Abbreviation of catamaran.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A catamaran.
etymology 3 Abbreviation of catenate.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing) A program and command in Unix that reads one or more files and directs their content to an output device.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, computing) To apply the cat command to (one or more files).
  2. (computing slang) To dump large amounts of data on (an unprepared target) usually with no intention of browsing it carefully.
etymology 4 Possibly a shortened form of catastrophic.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (Ireland, informal) terrible, disastrous. The weather was cat, so they returned home early.
This usage is common in speech but rarely appears in writing.
etymology 5 Shortened from methcathinone.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A street name of the drug methcathinone.
etymology 6 Shortened from catapult.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military, naval) A catapult. a carrier's bow cats
  • act, act., Act., ACT, ATC, tac, TAC, TCA
cat's meow pronunciation
  • (US) /ˌkætsmiˈaʊ̯/
  • While "meow" is often pronounced in one syllable /mjaʊ̯/, in this phrase it is almost always pronounced in two syllables /miˈaʊ̯/.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, dated) A self-satisfied person.
  2. (idiomatic) A highly sought-after and fancy example of something.New York Times, August 6, 1922: "The flapper tells her "cakie" that a Chauve Souris sundae is "just the cat's meow"." That new car was really the cat's meow.
Synonyms: (highly sought-after example of something) the bee's knees the cat's pyjamas, the cat's whiskers cat's ass (vulgar) the bomb the shit (vulgar)
cataholic etymology cat + aholic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One who is extremely fond of cat.
    • 2000, Bob Walker & Frances Mooney, Crazy Cats, Andrews McMeel Publishing (2000), ISBN 9780740710261, unnumbered page (acknowledgements): Without the fur and purr, we wouldn't be the cataholics that we are today.
    • 2007, Bruce Fogle, If Your Cat Could Talk, DK Publishing (2007), ISBN 9780756626433, page 6: Where once only farmers and "cataholics" kept cats, today they are in all types of households, especially in homes with a history of dog-keeping and little knowledge of feline behavior.
    • 2007, Debra White Smith, Heather, Harvest House Publishers (2007), ISBN 9780736919296, page 250: “Maybe I need to send you to House Cats Anonymous,” he teased. “Hello, my name is Jake and I'm a cataholic. I can't stop eating them alive.”
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Synonyms: ailurophile
cataloguer Alternative forms:
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who catalogue. The journalists are cataloguers of the world's events.
  2. (informal) A person who is fanatical about buying items from catalogues.
catamaran {{wikipedia}} etymology From Tamil கட்டு 〈kaṭṭu〉 + மரம் 〈maram〉. pronunciation
  • (Canada) /ˈkætəmɚˌæn/
  • (UK) /ˈkæt.ə.mə.ɹæn/, /ˈkæt.ə.mɹ̩æn/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A raft consisting of two or more log tied together.
  2. A raft used on the St Lawrence River by lashing two ship together.
  3. A small rectangular raft used in dockyard to protect the hulls of large ships.
  4. A twin-hulled ship or boat
  5. (colloquial) A quarrelsome woman; a scold.
Synonyms: (twin-hulled ship or boat) twinhull
  • (twin-hulled ship or boat) multihull
  • (twin-hulled ship or boat) AC45, AC72
coordinate terms:
  • monohull
  • outrigger canoe
related terms:
  • trimaran
cat around etymology Perhaps referring to the behaviour of a cat in heat.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang) To engage in sex with various partner; to sleep around.
    • 1998, Francis Hugh De Souza, No. 3, Templeton Place (page 171) Mrs S. was convinced that any girl who visited a boy in his bedsitter after 10 p.m. was up to no good. 'If you boys want to cat around, okay, but you're not going to do it under my roof! This is a respectable house!' she was fond of saying whenever she suspected we were trying to put one across her - which was practically all the time.
    • 2004, Dale Maharidge, Michael Williamson, And their children after them (page 133) Before then, I catted around, ever since the urge came to me. I learned blond hair, blue eyes, an innocent look works with women. I had many girls. I stayed out to all hours. Mother never cared.
    • 2008, Meg Cabot, Airhead (page 221) None of them seemed to know that Nikki had been catting around behind Brandon's back with her roommate's boyfriend (thank God).
catastrophic kill
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (military, slang) An instance of damaging a vehicle by weaponry that renders it both unusable and unrepairable.
Synonyms: K-kill, complete kill
catbutt etymology cat + butt
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, sometimes, attributive) The backside of a cat.
catch etymology From Middle English cacchen, from xno cachier, from onf, from ll captio, from Latin capto. Akin to chasser (from Old French chacier, whence English chase), cazar. The verb became irregular, possibly under the influence of the similar meaning latch (from Old English læċċan) whose past tense was lahte, lauhte, laught (Old English læhte) until becoming regularised in Modern English. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /kætʃ/, /kɛtʃ/, [ˈkʰæt͡ʃ], [ˈkʰɛt͡ʃ]
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  • {{rhymes}}, {{rhymes}}
The pronunciation /kɛtʃ/ started out as the unstressed variant of /kætʃ/ but has become the stressed pronunciation as well in many dialects.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (countable) The act of seizing or capturing. {{jump}} The catch of the perpetrator was the product of a year of police work.
  2. (countable) The act of catching an object in motion, especially a ball. {{jump}} The player made an impressive catch. Nice catch!
  3. (countable) The act of noticing, understand or hearing. {{jump}} Good catch. I never would have remembered that.
  4. (uncountable) The game of catching a ball. {{jump}} The kids love to play catch.
  5. (countable) A find, in particular a boyfriend or girlfriend or prospective spouse. {{jump}} Did you see his latest catch? He's a good catch.
  6. (countable) Something which is captured or caught. {{jump}} {{jump}} The fishermen took pictures of their catch. The catch amounted to five tons of swordfish.
  7. (countable) A stopping mechanism, especially a clasp which stops something from open. {{jump}} She installed a sturdy catch to keep her cabinets closed tight.
  8. (countable) A hesitation in voice, caused by strong emotion. There was a catch in his voice when he spoke his father's name.
  9. (countable, sometimes noun adjunct) A concealed difficulty, especially in a deal or negotiation. {{jump}} It sounds like a great idea, but what's the catch? Be careful, that's a catch question.
  10. (countable) A crick; a sudden muscle pain during unaccustomed positioning when the muscle is in use. I bent over to see under the table and got a catch in my side.
  11. (countable) A fragment of music or poetry. {{jump}}
  12. (obsolete) A state of readiness to capture or seize; an ambush.
    • Part I Section 3 , “You lie at the catch again: this is not for edification.”
    • T. Fuller The common and the canon law … lie at catch, and wait advantages one against another.
  13. (countable, agriculture) A crop which has germinate and begun to grow.
  14. (obsolete) A type of strong boat, usually having two masts; a ketch.
    • 1612, John Smith, Map of Virginia, in Kupperman 1988, p. 158: Fourteene miles Northward from the river Powhatan, is the river Pamaunke, which is navigable 60 or 70 myles, but with Catches and small Barkes 30 or 40 myles farther.
  15. (countable, music) A type of humorous round in which the voices gradually catch up with one another; usually sung by men and often having bawdy lyrics.
    • 1610, , by , act 3 scene 2 Let us be jocund: will you troll the catch / You taught me but while-ere?
    • page 76, , “One night, I remember, we sang a catch, written (words and music) by Orlo Williams, for three voices.”
  16. (countable, music) The refrain; a line or lines of a song which are repeated from verse to verse. {{jump}}
  17. (countable, cricket, baseball) The act of catching a hit ball before it reaches the ground, resulting in an out.
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  18. (countable, cricket) A player in respect of his catching ability; particularly one who catches well.
    • {{quote-news}}
  19. (countable, rowing) The first contact of an oar with the water.
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  20. (countable, phonetics) A stoppage of breath, resembling a slight cough.
  21. Passing opportunities seized; snatches.
    • John Locke It has been writ by catches with many intervals.
  22. A slight remembrance; a trace.
    • Glanvill We retain a catch of those pretty stories.
Synonyms: {{jump}} seizure, capture, collar, snatch, {{jump}} grasp, snatch, {{jump}} observation, {{jump}} prize, find; conquest, beau, {{jump}} haul, take, {{jump}} stop, chock; clasp, latch, {{jump}} snag, problem; trick, gimmick, hitch, {{jump}} snatch, fragment; snippet, bit, {{jump}} chorus, refrain, burden
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (heading) To capture, overtake.
    1. (transitive) To capture or snare (someone or something which would rather escape). {{jump}} {{defdate}} exampleI hope I catch a fish.  {{nowrap}}  {{nowrap}}
    2. (transitive) To entrap or trip up a person; to deceive. {{defdate}}
      • 1611, , : And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.
    3. (transitive, figuratively, dated) To marry or enter into a similar relationship with.
      • 1933, Sinclair Lewis, Ann Vickers, p.108: The public…said that Miss Bogardus was a suffragist because she had never caught a man; that she wanted something, but it wasn't the vote.
      • 2006, Michael Collier and Georgia Machemer, Medea, p.23: As for Aspasia, concubinage with Pericles brought her as much honor as she could hope to claim in Athens.…from the moment she caught her man, this influential, unconventional woman became a lightning rod{{nb...}}.
    4. (transitive) To reach (someone) with a strike, blow, weapon etc. {{defdate}} exampleIf he catches you on the chin, you'll be on the mat.
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    5. (transitive) To overtake or catch up to; to be in time for. {{defdate}} exampleIf you leave now you might catch him.  {{nowrap}}
    6. (transitive) To discover unexpectedly; to surprise (someone doing something). {{defdate}} exampleHe was caught on video robbing the bank.  {{nowrap}}
    7. (transitive) To travel by means of. {{defdate}} examplecatch the bus
      • 1987, A.J. Quinnell, In the Name of the Father, p.111: After about a kilometer I caught a taxi to Santa Croce.
    8. (transitive, rare) To become pregnant. (Only in past tense or as participle.) {{defdate}}
      • 2002, Orpha Caton, Shadow on the Creek, pp.102-103: Had Nancy got caught with a child? If so she would destroy her parent's dreams for her.
  2. (heading) To seize hold of.
    1. (transitive, dated) To grab, seize, take hold of. {{defdate}} exampleI caught her by the arm and turned her to face me.
      • {{RQ:Spenser Faerie Queene}}, III.2: Her aged Nourse, whose name was Glaucè hight, / Feeling her leape out of her loathed nest, / Betwixt her feeble armes her quickly keight{{nb...}}.
    2. (transitive) To take or replenish something necessary, such as breath or sleep. {{defdate}} exampleI have to stop for a moment and catch my breath.  {{nowrap}}
    3. (transitive) To grip or entangle. {{defdate}} exampleMy leg was caught in a tree-root.
    4. (intransitive) To be held back or impede. exampleBe careful your dress doesn't catch on that knob.  {{nowrap}}
      • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
    5. (intransitive) To engage with some mechanism; to stick, to succeed in interacting with something or initiating some process. {{jump}} examplePush it in until it catches.  {{nowrap}}
    6. (transitive) To have something be held back or impede. exampleI caught my heel on the threshold.
    7. (intransitive) To make a grasp or snatch motion (at). {{defdate}} exampleHe caught at the railing as he fell.
    8. (transitive) Of fire, to spread or be convey to. {{defdate}} exampleThe fire spread slowly until it caught the eaves of the barn.
    9. (transitive, rowing) To grip (the water) with one's oars at the beginning of the stroke. {{defdate}}
      • 1906, Arthur W. Stevens, Practical Rowing with Scull and Sweep, p.63: Stop gathering, in that gradual fashion, and catch the water sharply and decisively.
    10. (intransitive, agriculture) To germinate and set down root. {{defdate}} exampleThe seeds caught and grew.
    11. (transitive, surfing) To contact a wave in such a way that one can ride it back to shore.
      • 2001, John Lull, Sea Kayaking Safety & Rescue, p.203: If you are surfing a wave through the rocks, make sure you have a clear route before catching the wave.
    12. (transitive, computing) To handle an exception. {{jump}} {{defdate}} exampleWhen the program catches an exception, this is recorded in the log file.
  3. (heading) To intercept.
    1. (transitive) To seize or intercept a object moving through the air (or, sometimes, some other medium). {{jump}} {{defdate}} exampleI will throw you the ball, and you catch it.  {{nowrap}}
    2. (transitive, now rare) To seize (an opportunity) when it occurs. {{jump}} {{defdate}}
      • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, : she internally resolved henceforward to catch every opportunity of eyeing the hair and of satisfying herself,{{nb...}}.
    3. (transitive, cricket) To end a player's innings by catching a hit ball before the first bounce. {{defdate}} exampleTownsend hit 29 before he was caught by Wilson.
    4. (transitive, intransitive, baseball) To play (a specific period of time) as the catcher. {{defdate}} exampleHe caught the last three innings.
  4. (heading) To receive (by being in the way).
    1. (transitive) To be the victim of (something unpleasant, painful etc.). {{defdate}} exampleYou're going to catch a beating if they find out.
    2. (transitive) To be touched or affected by (something) through exposure. {{defdate}} exampleThe sunlight caught the leaves and the trees turned to gold.  {{nowrap}}
    3. (transitive) To be infect by (an illness). {{defdate}} exampleEveryone seems to be catching the flu this week.
    4. (intransitive) To spread by infection or similar means.
      • Joseph Addison (1672–1719) Does the sedition catch from man to man?
      • Mary Martha Sherwood (1775–1851) He accosted Mrs. Browne very civilly, told her his wife was very ill, and said he was sadly troubled to get a white woman to nurse her: "For," said he, "Mrs. Simpson has set it abroad that her fever is catching."
    5. (transitive, intransitive) To receive or be affected by (wind, water, fire etc.). {{defdate}} exampleThe bucket catches water from the downspout.  {{nowrap}}
      • 2003, Jerry Dennis, The Living Great Lakes, p.63: the sails caught and filled, and the boat jumped to life beneath us.
    6. (transitive) To acquire, as though by infection; to take on through sympathy or infection. {{defdate}} exampleShe finally caught the mood of the occasion.
    7. (transitive) To be hit by something. {{jump}} exampleHe caught a bullet in the back of the head last year.
    8. (intransitive) To serve well or poorly for catching, especially for catching fish.
      • 1877, [ Annual Report of the Ohio State Board of Agriculture], page 135 , “The nets caught well, and Mr. Deeley reported it the best fishing ground he ever tried.”
    9. (intransitive, ) To get pregnant. exampleWell, if you didn't catch this time, we'll have more fun trying again until you do.
  5. (heading) To take in with one's senses or intellect.
    1. (transitive) To grasp mentally: perceive and understand. {{jump}} {{defdate}} exampleDid you catch his name?  {{nowrap}}
      • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} “A tight little craft,” was Austin’s invariable comment on the matron;{{nb...}}. ¶ Near her wandered her husband, orientally bland, invariably affable, and from time to time squinting sideways, as usual, in the ever-renewed expectation that he might catch a glimpse of his stiff, retroussé moustache.
    2. (transitive) To take in; to watch or listen to (an entertainment). {{defdate}} exampleI have some free time tonight so I think I'll catch a movie.
    3. (transitive) To reproduce or echo a spirit or idea faithfully. {{defdate}} exampleYou've really caught his determination in this sketch.
  6. (heading) To seize attention, interest.
    1. (transitive) To charm or entrance. {{defdate}}
      • 2004, Catherine Asaro, The Moon's Shadow, p.40: No, a far more natural beauty caught him.
    2. (transitive) To attract and hold (a faculty or organ of sense). {{defdate}} exampleHe managed to catch her attention.  {{nowrap}}
  7. (heading) To obtain or experience
Synonyms: {{jump}} fang, snatch, grab, {{jump}} capture, take; snare, hook, {{jump}} take, get
  • drop, release
catch a buzz
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, US, slang) To become slightly inebriate, but not yet be drunk.
catcher pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkætʃ.ə(ɹ)/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone or something that catches.
  2. (baseball) The player that squats behind home plate and receives the pitches from the pitcher
  3. (chiefly, US, colloquial) The bottom partner in a homosexual relationship or sexual encounter between two men.
coordinate terms:
  • (baseball player) infielder, outfielder, pitcher
  • recatch
catcher's mitt
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (baseball) A large protective glove used by a catcher when playing baseball.
  2. (slang) A contraceptive diaphragm (sense 3).
Synonyms: (glove) baseball glove, baseball mitt, (diaphragm) rubber baby buggy bumper
catching pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. present participle of catch
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The action of the verb catch.
    • 1819, Bartholomew Parr, The London Medical Dictionary Though catchings of the breath and occasional syncope appear in the more early stages, yet they only become considerable and dangerous in the later…
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) contagious
  2. captivating; alluring

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