wildcat: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (wīld'kat"), [key]
— n., pl. adj., v., -cats, -cat -cat•ted, -cat•ting.
- any of several North American felines of the genus Lynx. Cf.
- a yellowish-gray, black-striped feline, Felis sylvestris, of Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa, resembling and closely related to the domestic cat, with which it interbreeds freely.
- a closely related feline, Felis sylvestris libyca, of northern Africa, believed to be the ancestor of the domestic cat.
- any of several other of the smaller felines, as the serval or ocelot.
- a domestic cat that has become feral.
- a quick-tempered or savage person.
- a single locomotive operating without a train, as one switching cars.
- an exploratory well drilled in an effort to discover deposits of oil or gas; a prospect well.
- a reckless or unsound enterprise, business, etc.
- wildcatter (def. 2).
- a shaped drum on a windlass, engaging with the links of an anchor chain.
- characterized by or proceeding from reckless or unsafe business methods: wildcat companies; wildcat stocks.
- of or pertaining to an illicit enterprise or product.
- running without control or regulation, as a locomotive, or apart from the regular schedule, as a train.
- to search an area of unknown or doubtful productivity for oil, ore, or the like, esp. as an independent prospector.
- to engage in a wildcat strike.
- to search (an area of unknown or doubtful productivity) for oil, ore, or the like.
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