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.

    The Treasure of Heaven A Romance of Riches

  • 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."

    DVD Verdict

  • 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.

    Left Neglected

  • 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.

    What Is Life?

  • 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.

    Etched in Bone

  • For a relaxed operatic experience—with the occasional catnap included, look no further than the Conran Shop's barrel hammock £1,295.

    Music Inhabits Summer Gardens

  • Was the boyfriend taking a catnap when he felt something move in the couch? Keeping an Eye on the Big Story

  • Glued to the television early Thursday, he took another catnap at 3 a.m, woke up at 4 a.m. to check in again.

    Pr. George's leader faces first snow storm

  • 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.

    Julia Schwarz: A Bin Laden Prequel: Flying to Jordan the Day Hussein Was Captured


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