Catastrophist to Cater
(Ca*tas"tro*phist) n. (Geol.) One who holds the theory or catastrophism.
1. A well known light red variety of American grape.
2. A light-colored, sprightly American wine from the Catawba grape.
(Ca*taw"bas) n. pl.; sing. Catawba. (Ethnol.) An Appalachian tribe of Indians which originally
inhabited the regions near the Catawba river and the head waters of the Santee.
(Cat"bird) n. (Zoöl.) An American bird (Galeoscoptes Carolinensis), allied to the mocking bird,
and like it capable of imitating the notes of other birds, but less perfectly. Its note resembles at times the
mewing of a cat.
(Cat"boat`) n. (Naut.) A small sailboat, with a single mast placed as far forward as possible,
carring a sail extended by a gaff and long boom. See Illustration in Appendix.
(Cat"call`) n. A sound like the cry of a cat, such as is made in playhouses to express dissatisfaction
with a play; also, a small shrill instrument for making such a noise.
Upon the rising of the curtain. I was very much surprised with the great consort of catcalls which was
(Catch) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Caught or Catched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Catching. Catched is rarely
used.] [OE. cacchen, OF. cachier, dialectic form of chacier to hunt, F. chasser, fr. (assumend) LL.
captiare, for L. capture, V. intens. of capere to take, catch. See Capacious, and cf. Chase, Case a
1. To lay hold on; to seize, especially with the hand; to grasp (anything) in motion, with the effect of holding; as,
to catch a ball.
2. To seize after pursuing; to arrest; as, to catch a thief. "They pursued . . . and caught him." Judg. i.
3. To take captive, as in a snare or net, or on a hook; as, to catch a bird or fish.
4. Hence: To insnare; to entangle. "To catch him in his words". Mark xii. 13.
5. To seize with the senses or the mind; to apprehend; as, to catch a melody. "Fiery thoughts . . . whereof
I catch the issue." Tennyson.
6. To communicate to; to fasten upon; as, the fire caught the adjoining building.
7. To engage and attach; to please; to charm.
The soothing arts that catch the fair.
8. To get possession of; to attain.
Torment myself to catch the English throne.
9. To take or receive; esp. to take by sympathy, contagion, infection, or exposure; as, to catch the spirit
of an occasion; to catch the measles or smallpox; to catch cold; the house caught fire.
10. To come upon unexpectedly or by surprise; to find; as, to catch one in the act of stealing.