from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various wild felines of small to medium size, especially of the genus Lynx, including the bobcat and the caracal.
- n. Either of two small felines (Felis silvestris subsp. silvestris or subsp. lybica) of Europe, Asia, and Africa, often regarded as being the ancestor of the domestic cat.
- n. A quick-tempered person.
- n. A person regarded as fierce.
- n. An oil or natural-gas well drilled in an area not known to be productive.
- n. A workers' strike unauthorized by their union.
- adj. Risky or unsound, especially financially.
- adj. Issued by a financially irresponsible bank: wildcat currency.
- adj. Operating or accomplished outside the norms of standard, ethical business procedures: wildcat life insurance schemes.
- adj. Of, relating to, or being an oil or natural-gas well drilled speculatively in an area not known to be productive.
- adj. Undertaken by workers without approval of the officials of their union: a wildcat strike.
- transitive v. To prospect for (oil, for example) in an area supposed to be unproductive.
- intransitive v. To prospect for oil or other minerals in an area not known to be productive.
- intransitive v. To go out on an unauthorized labor strike.
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- n. A species of cat, Felis silvestris.
- n. Any undomesticated species of cat.
- n. a person who acts like a wildcat, often sexually
- n. a caliber of ammunition derived by amending another type of cartridge and not made by commercial manufacturers.
- n. In the labor movement, anything done outside of the control of bosses or trade unions.
- n. an offensive formation characterized by a direct snap to a running back and an unbalanced offensive line
- adj. relating to oil exploration in an area where no oil has been found before
- adj. unauthorized by the proper authorities
- adj. unsound; worthless; irresponsible; unsafe
- v. to drill for oil in an area where no oil has been found before
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