(||Cat`e*lec*trot"o*nus) n. [NL., fr. Gr. down + (see Electro-) + tone.] (Physics) The
condition of increased irritability of a nerve in the region of the cathode or negative electrode, on the
passage of a current of electricity through it.
(||Ca*te"na) n.; pl. Catene [L., a chain.] A chain or series of things connected with each other.
I have . . . in no case sought to construct those catenæ of games, which it seems now the fashion of
commentators to link together.
C. J. Ellicott.
(Cat"e*na*ry Cat`e*na"ri*an) a. [L. catenarius, fr. catena a chain. See Chain.] Relating to
a chain; like a chain; as, a catenary curve.
(Cat"e*na*ry), n.; pl. Catenaries (Geol.) The curve formed by a rope or chain of uniform
density and perfect flexibility, hanging freely between two points of suspension, not in the same vertical
(Cat"e*nate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Catenated; p. pr. & vb. n. Catenating.] [L. catenatus, p.
p. of catenare, fr. catena chain. See Chain.] To connect, in a series of links or ties; to chain. E.
(Cat`e*na"tion) n. [L. catenatio.] Connection of links or union of parts, as in a chain; a
regular or connected series. See Concatenation. Sir T. Browne.
(Ca*ten"u*late) a. [L. catenuia, dim. of catena chain.]
1. Consisting of little links or chains.
2. (Zoöl.) Chainlike; said both or color marks and of indentations when arranged like the links of a
chain, as on shells, etc.
(Ca"ter) n. [OE. catour purchaser, caterer, OF. acator, fr. acater, F. acheter, to buy, provide, fr.
LL. accaptare; L. ad + captare to strive, to seize, intens, of capere to take, seize. Cf. Acater, Capacious.]
A provider; a purveyor; a caterer. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Ca"ter), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Catered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Catering.] [From Cater, n.]
1. To provide food; to buy, procure, or prepare provisions.
[He] providently caters for the sparrow.
2. By extension: To supply what is needed or desired, at theatrical or musical entertainments; followed
by for or to.
(Ca"ter), n. [F. quatre four.] The four of cards or dice.
(Ca"ter), v. t. To cut diagonally. [Obs.] Halliwell.