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catapult an ancient military machine used to hurl missiles such as large stones, esp. at fortifications. [5 definitions]
cataract a large waterfall. [3 definitions]
catarrh inflammation of mucous membranes in the nose and throat, accompanied by secretions and discharge.
catastrophe a calamity with widespread effects; disaster. [3 definitions]
catastrophic causing destruction, devastation, or very great distress; ruinous; disastrous. [2 definitions]
catatonia a disorder, esp. of schizophrenia, characterized by rigidity of the muscles, mental stupor, and muteness; catalepsy.
catatonic suffering from catatonia. [2 definitions]
Catawba a member of a North American Indian tribe of South Carolina. [3 definitions]
Cat Ba Island the largest of the 366 islands in Halong Bay off the coast of northern Vietnam.
catbird a dark gray North American songbird having one call that sounds like the mewing of a cat.
catbird seat any situation or position that gives one control or the power to gain one's ends.
catboat a broad-beamed sailboat with a single large sail on a mast set well forward.
cat burglar a burglar who gains entry through upper windows, roof doors, and the like; second-story man.
catcall a human cry or whistle expressing contempt or disapproval; jeer. [2 definitions]
catch to capture or grab, usu. after pursuit. [18 definitions]
Catch-22 a situation in which one is trapped between two logically contradictory rules or regulations that make successful action impossible.
catchable combined form of catch.
catchall a receptacle for various items. [2 definitions]
catch-and-release in fishing, a policy of conservation that requires fish to be released back into the wild after being caught.
catch basin a receptacle at the entry to a sewer designed to trap any matter that might block drainage.
catch cold to become ill with a cold.