from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A short light sleep; a brief nap.


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  • I remember being impressed by his “cat-nap” couch!

    Polka Dot Cottage: The Edison Museum

  • As for my internment into and exhumation out of Oswald's ossuary, it lasted only a moment; a cat-nap at best.

    Stephen J. Gertz: I Slept in Lee Harvey Oswald's Coffin

  • It wasn't long before the Americans were sitting in the shade, curled up with the current novels for the week, or taking a cat-nap on one of the many mattresses spread throughout the floor of the house…. and often completing the whole sequence!

    Last Week's "Green Camp'

  • We went back to the room, where I took a cat-nap and they went off to explore the ship.

    To Bore the Ever-Loving Shit Out Of You...

  • As folks point out in the comments of the previous post, IM service with Twitter is currently taking a cat-nap.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • In this first-ever guest post on the Twitter Blog Graham has a tip for how bloggers with twitter badges can sail smoothly past those occasional times when Twitter is taking a little, *ahem* "cat-nap" so to speak.

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • But I reckon it was more than a cat-nap, for when I waked up the stars was shining bright, the fog was all gone, and I was spinning down a big bend stern first.

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • Although this had been rare in the past, “[I] now hardly shut my eyes for a cat-nap without conjuring up something … [a state] accounted for by weakness, I suppose.”

    A Furnace Afloat

  • But he's good about capturing a cat-nap from time to time and when he needs one, and I'm sure he'll do that this afternoon.

    Second Of Two Background Briefings On Iraq Situation

  • Trevor had slithered down again in his bed and had dropped off into a convalescent cat-nap.

    Killer Dolphin


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