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categorical imperative the claims of personal conscience in respect to a particular ethical choice.
categorize to arrange by categories; classify. [2 definitions]
category a specific class or group in a classification system.
catenate to link together in a chain or series; concatenate.
cater to supply food, service, or entertainment, esp. off the premises where food is prepared or where supplies are stored. [3 definitions]
cater-cornered diagonal. (See kitty-cornered.) [2 definitions]
caterer a person or business that provides professional food services, as for meetings, parties, and the like.
caterpillar a butterfly or moth larva, resembling a worm and often brightly colored. [2 definitions]
caterwaul to make the long, wailing or screeching sounds of a cat in heat. [3 definitions]
catfish any of several chiefly freshwater fish with large heads, long feelers around the mouth resembling a cat's whiskers, and no scales.
catgut a thin, strong cord made of twisted, dried animal intestines, esp. those of sheep, and used for the strings of tennis rackets and certain musical instruments, and as surgical thread.
cath- variant of cata-.
catharsis purging, esp. of the digestive system. [3 definitions]
cathartic of or pertaining to purgation or emotional catharsis; purgative. [2 definitions]
Cathay a former name for China.
cathead a beam projecting from the bow of a ship, to which the anchor is hoisted and secured.
cathect in psychoanalysis, to invest feeling or emotion in someone or something external to oneself.
cathedra the official seat of a bishop.
cathedral the principal church of a bishop's diocese, containing his official throne. [5 definitions]
catheter a thin, flexible, hollow tube inserted into a body passage or cavity to drain fluid, esp. urine from the bladder.
catheterize to put a catheter into.