Meaning of ferret

fer•ret

Pronunciation: (fer'it), [key]
— n.
  1. a domesticated, usually red-eyed, and albinic variety of the polecat, used in Europe for driving rabbits and rats from their burrows.
  2. See
—v.t.
  1. to drive out by using or as if using a ferret (often fol. by out): to ferret rabbits from their burrows; to ferret out enemies.
  2. to hunt with ferrets.
  3. to hunt over with ferrets: to ferret a field.
  4. to search out, discover, or bring to light (often fol. by out): to ferret out the facts.
  5. to harry, worry, or torment: His problems ferreted him day and night.
—v.i.
  1. to search about.

fer•ret

Pronunciation: (fer'it), [key]
— n.
  1. a narrow tape or ribbon, as of silk or cotton, used for binding, trimming, etc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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