from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. A wheel which can be adjusted so as to revolve either with, or on, the shaft of a capstan.
- adj. 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.
- adj. Running without control; running along the line without a train.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nautical, a deeply grooved iron wheel on a windlass or capstan. On the side faces of the groove are radial projecting ribs in pairs called whelps, so spaced that they catch the alternate links of the chain cable.
- n. A formational name applied in Kentucky to a conglomerate of Carboniferous ago (Wildcat Mountain Conglomerate), and in California to a series of sediments of Pliocene age.
- n. Same as niggerhead, 4.
- n. An oil-well, mine, or the like discovered in wildcatting (which see).
- n. A cat of the original feral stock from which have descended some varieties of the domestic cat; the European Felis catus, living in a state of nature, not artificially modified in any way.
- n. Hence One of various species of either of the genera Felis and Lynx; especially, in North America, the bay lynx (L. rufus) and Canada lynx (L. canadensis), and sometimes the cougar (F. concolor). See cat, and cuts under cougar and lynx.
- Wild; reckless; haphazard: applied especially to unsound business enterprises: as, wildcat banking (see below); wildcat currency (currency issued by a wildcat bank); a wildcat scheme (a reckless, unstable venture); wildcat stock (stock of some wildcat or unsound company or organization).
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- adj. outside the bounds of legitimate or ethical business practices
- n. an exploratory oil well drilled in land not known to be an oil field
- n. a cruelly rapacious person
- n. any small or medium-sized cat resembling the domestic cat and living in the wild
- adj. (of a mine or oil well) drilled speculatively in an area not known to be productive
- adj. without official authorization
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