Wild-cat
Wild-cat Wild"-cat`, a. 1. Unsound; worthless; irresponsible; unsafe; -- said to have been originally applied to the notes of an insolvent bank in Michigan upon which there was the figure of a panther. [1913 Webster]

2. (Railroad) Running without control; running along the line without a train; as, a wild-cat locomotive. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Wild cat — Wild Wild, a. [Compar. {Wilder}; superl. {Wildest}.] [OE. wilde, AS. wilde; akin to OFries. wilde, D. wild, OS. & OHG. wildi, G. wild, Sw. & Dan. vild, Icel. villr wild, bewildered, astray, Goth. wilpeis wild, and G. & OHG. wild game, deer; of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wild cat — cat cat (k[a^]t), n. [AS. cat; akin to D. & Dan. kat, Sw. katt, Icel. k[ o]ttr, G. katze, kater, Ir. cat, W. cath, Armor. kaz, LL. catus, Bisc. catua, NGr. ga ta, ga tos, Russ. & Pol. kot, Turk. kedi, Ar. qitt; of unknown origin. Cf. {Kitten}.] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wild|cat — «WYLD KAT», noun, adjective, verb, cat|ted, cat|ting. –noun. 1. Scientifically, any wild member of the common cat species Felis silvestris. In a looser or less scientific usage, however, wildcat can refer to other species of larger cats,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Wild Cat — Album par Tygers of Pan Tang Sortie 23 août 1980 Enregistrement Juin 1980 Morgan Studios, Londres Durée 44:36 (version originale) Genre Hard rock, Heavy m …   Wikipédia en Français

  • wild cat — wild ,cat noun count a wild animal that is similar to a pet cat but larger a. any member of the cat family that lives in natural conditions, rather than with people …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wild cat — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms wild cat : singular wild cat plural wild cats a) a wild animal that is similar to a pet cat but larger b) any member of the cat family that lives in natural conditions, rather than with people …   English dictionary

  • wild cat — vilpišys statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Felis silvestris angl. European wild cat; wild cat vok. europäische Wildkatze; Waldkatze; wilde Katze; Wildkatze rus. дикая кошка; европейская кошка;… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • Wild Cat — Der Begriff Wild Cat bezeichnet ein Explorationsunternehmen zur Suche von Mineralien und Erzen, dass äußerst riskant, aber bei Erfolg sehr ertragsreich sein kann. Quelle Gabler Banklexikon Handwörterbuch für das Bank und Sparkassenwesen mit… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • wild cat — noun 1. /ˈwaɪld kæt/ (say wuyld kat) → native cat. 2. /waɪld ˈkæt/ (say wuyld kat) any domestic cat which has taken to living in the wild …   Australian English dictionary

  • wild cat — untamed cat, street cat …   English contemporary dictionary

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