from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A game in which a string is looped on the fingers to form an intricate pattern between a player's hands that can be successively varied or transferred to another player's hands.
- n. An intricate pattern: "Their computers devised a cat's cradle of infinite complexity for the flight tracks of half a dozen space cameras around the globe's surface” ( Frederick Forsyth).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A children's string game
- n. Any complicated structure which appears to be without purpose.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. game played, esp. by children, with a string looped on the fingers so, as to resemble small cradle. The string is transferred from the fingers of one to those of another, at each transfer with a change of form. See Cratch, Cratch cradle.
- n. See under Cat.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A children's game in which one player stretches a looped cord over the fingers of both hands in a symmetrical figure, and the other player has to insert his fingers and remove it in such a way as to produce a different figure. Also called cratch-cradle and scratch-cradle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a game played with string looped over the fingers
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