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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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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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  • He separates the two for fear of indignities, so that the mystery is cut in every cord; the design wildcats down the charter mortalis, and you get crime.
    —Djuna Barnes, Nightwood

    Most unusual use of 'wildcat' as a verb. I'm not even entirely clear what it means here. Also, the only ghits for 'charter mortalis' are this quote.

    November 21, 2008