having feet resembling those of a cat.
catlike in the manner of walking; characterized by noiseless, stealthy steps:
a catfooted jewel thief.
to move in the soft, stealthy manner of a cat; pussyfoot.
Now he catfooted across the deck to look into the well and listen.
Key Out of Time Andre Alice Norton
variant of cata- before an aspirate: cathode. (often lowercase) cathedral. Catholic. Historical Examples cath’arine (St.) of Alexandria (fourth century), patron saint of girls and virgins generally. Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1 The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. There seems to be a playful allusion in these words to mewian and […]
(in medieval Europe) a member of any of several rigorously ascetic Christian sects maintaining a dualistic theology. Historical Examples Cathar′sis, evacuation of the bowels; Cathart′ic, a purgative medicine; Cathar′tin, the purgative principle of senna. Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various Here seems to belong in the order of development the Cathar […]
Catherine wheel. Historical Examples It has five lights, and the head of the window contains a fine catharine-wheel. Bell’s Cathedrals: The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury H. J. L. J. Mass
the purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, especially through certain kinds of art, as tragedy or music. Medicine/Medical. purgation. Psychiatry. psychotherapy that encourages or permits the discharge of pent-up, socially unacceptable affects. discharge of pent-up emotions so as to result in the alleviation of symptoms or the permanent relief of the condition. […]