from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A short nap; a light sleep.
- intransitive v. To take a short nap; doze lightly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A brief, light sleep.
- v. To take a catnap.
- v. To kidnap a cat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. sleeping for a short period of time (usually not in bed)
- v. take a siesta
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Two or three flies buzzed irritably now and then against the smoke-begrimed windowpanes, and the clerk's dreary preamble went on and on till Sir Francis closed his eyes and wondered whether a small "catnap" would be possible between the sections of the seeming interminable document.
And so a group of vicious cats "catnap" his faithful bloodhound, and begin to reverse engineer the formula; an evil plot to disrupt the balance away from "man's best friend."
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said in a preliminary report she had failed to spot the vessel that was only one mile away on her radar and was taking a "catnap" at the time of the collision.
In my fantasy life, I spend an entire Sunday morning in this sanctuary undisturbed until I finish both my coffee and the paper, and then, in my ultimate dream world, I close my eyes and take a luxurious catnap.
He plopped into a chair opposite the foot of the bed and closed his eyes, hoping a catnap would revive him, hasten the passage of time.
The Quarter was about to curl up and take a catnap—except for Bourbon Street, party jamboree and flesh-fest central, twenty-four/seven, and as wide awake as a lap-dancing tweaker go-juiced to the eyebrows.
For a relaxed operatic experience—with the occasional catnap included, look no further than the Conran Shop's barrel hammock £1,295.
Was the boyfriend taking a catnap when he felt something move in the couch?
Glued to the television early Thursday, he took another catnap at 3 a.m, woke up at 4 a.m. to check in again.
We had long since reached our cruising altitude, etc. etc. etc., when my catnap was interrupted by the captain's crackly voice informing us that Saddam Hussein had been captured in a hole outside Tikrit.
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