Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small active dog used to kill rats.

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Examples

  • What had seemed a large pack was only four dogs: a small brownish rat-terrier, two ruffed and spotted shepherds, and a huge black and tan monster that could have stood in for the Hound of the Baskervilles with no questions asked.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • Amused by a woman with a trio of short-legged dogs, don't know the breed, something in the rat-terrier range.

    Nature's joy abounding

  • These are rough days for the "rat-terrier community," the "heavy-metal community," the "porn community" and the "arms community," among other communities in the world's expanding community of communities.

    Philocrites: December 2004 Archives

  • These are rough days for the "rat-terrier community," the "heavy-metal community," the "porn community" and the "arms community," among other communities in the world's expanding community of communities.

    Philocrites: Does the National Association of Associations know about this?

  • : She gets onto a story like a rat-terrier and won't let go of it until she's shaken it free of all the facts.

    Exile's Honor

  • : She gets onto a story like a rat-terrier and won't let go of it until she's shaken it free of all the facts.

    Exile's Honor

  • Beyond a brief inquiry as to the whereabouts of his knives-retrieved by Fergus, who, questing in his usual rat-terrier fashion, had found both dirk and sgian dhu behind a pile of rubbish-he had preserved a grim silence through the exigencies of our getaway, guarding the rear as we hurried on foot through the dim Paris alleys.

    Dragonfly in Amber

  • Well, old Aleck told her he didn’t like dogs except rat-terriers, because a rat-terrier cleans up the mice, but she kept on at him, and finally he said all right she could have one.

    Chapter 1

  • Well, old Aleck told her he didn't like dogs except rat-terriers, because a rat-terrier cleans up the mice, but she kept on at him, and finally he said all right she could have one.

    The Magnificent Ambersons; illustrated by Arthur William Brown

  • So terrible at times were the pangs of appetite, that some of the prisoners who were fortunate enough to secure the kindly services of a rat-terrier, were glad to appropriate the animals which were thus captured, cooking and eating them to allay the fierce agony of unabating hunger.

    Narrative of prison life at Baltimore and Johnson's Island, Ohio,

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