having catatonia, a syndrome characterized by muscular rigidity and mental stupor:
The schizophrenic remained in a catatonic state.
appearing to be in a daze or stupor; unresponsive:
She had the catatonic expression of an avant-garde model.
a person who suffers from catatonia.
1899, from catatonia + -ic. As a noun from 1902.
askew; awry. positioned diagonally; cater-cornered. diagonally; obliquely: We took a shortcut and walked catawampus across the field. Historical Examples Whenever the barometer goes up two points catawampus must be remembered. Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, 1890.05.10 Various adj. also catawampous, cattywampus, catiwampus, etc. (see “Dictionary of American Slang” for more), American colloquial. First […]
catatricrotism catatricrotism cat·a·tri·cro·tism (kāt’ə-trī’krə-tĭz’əm) n. A condition of the pulse marked by three expansions of the artery following the main beat and producing three upward notches on the downstroke of a pulse tracing. cat’a·tri·crot’ic (-trī-krŏt’ĭk) adj.
a Siouan language of North and South Carolina. a river flowing from W North Carolina into South Carolina, where it becomes the Wateree River. Compare Wateree. Horticulture. a reddish variety of grape. the vine bearing this fruit, grown in the eastern U.S. a light, dry, white wine made from this grape. Contemporary Examples The visionary […]
- Catawba grape
noun very sweet medium-sized purplish-red American grape used for jams, jellies, and white wine Word Origin (Vitis Labrusca) from the river Catawba in South Carolina (named for the Katahba Indians), where the grape was first discovered Usage Note cooking