HyperDic: wildcat

English > 6 senses of the word wildcat:
NOUNartifactwildcat, wildcat wellan exploratory oil well drilled in land not known to be an oil field
person wildcat, beast, wolf, savage, brutea cruelly rapacious person
animalwildcatany small or medium-sized cat resembling the domestic cat and living in the wild
ADJECTIVEallwildcatoutside the bounds of legitimate / legitimate or ethical business practices
allwildcat, unauthorized, unauthorisedwithout official authorization
allwildcat(of a mine or oil well) drilled speculatively in an area not known to be productive
wildcat > pronunciation
Soundsway'ldkae.t
Rhymesacrobat ... ziggurat: 63 rhymes with aet...
English > wildcat: 6 senses > adjective 1
MeaningOutside the bounds of legitimate / legitimate or ethical business practices.
Examples
  • "wildcat currency issued by irresponsible banks"
  • "wildcat stock speculation"
  • "a wildcat airline"
  • "wildcat life insurance schemes"
Broaderunsoundnot sound financially
English > wildcat: 6 senses > adjective 2
MeaningWithout official authorization.
Example "wildcat work stoppage"
Synonymsunauthorized, unauthorised
Broaderunofficialnot having official authority or sanction
English > wildcat: 6 senses > adjective 3
Meaning(of a mine or oil well) drilled speculatively in an area not known to be productive.
Examples
  • "drilling there would be strictly a wildcat operation"
  • "a wildcat mine"
  • "wildcat drilling"
  • "wildcat wells"
Broaderexploratory, explorativeServing in or intended for exploration or discovery
Nounswildcatan exploratory oil well drilled in land not known to be an oil field
English > wildcat: 6 senses > noun 1, artifact
MeaningAn exploratory oil well drilled in land not known to be an oil field.
Synonymwildcat well
Broaderoil well, oilerA well that yields or has yielded oil
Adjectiveswildcat(of a mine or oil well) drilled speculatively in an area not known to be productive
English > wildcat: 6 senses > noun 2, person
MeaningA cruelly rapacious person.
Synonymsbeast, wolf, savage, brute
Broaderattacker, aggressor, assailant, assaultersomeone who attacks
Spanishanimal, bárbaro, bestia, bruto, fiera, salvaje
Catalananimal, bèstia, fera, salvatge
English > wildcat: 6 senses > noun 3, animal
MeaningAny small or medium-sized cat resembling the domestic cat and living in the wild.
Member ofFelis, genus Felistype genus of the Felidae
NarrowerEuropean wildcat, catamountain, Felis silvestrisbushy-tailed wildcat of Europe that resembles the domestic cat and is regarded as the ancestor of the domestic cat
cougar, puma, catamount, mountain lion, painter, panther, Felis concolorlarge American feline resembling a lion
jaguarundi, jaguarundi cat, jaguarondi, eyra, Felis yagouaroundilong-bodied long-tailed tropical American wildcat
jungle cat, Felis chaussmall Asiatic wildcat
kaffir cat, caffer cat, Felis ocreatawidely distributed wildcat of Africa and Asia Minor
leopard cat, Felis bengalensissmall spotted wildcat of southern Asia and Malaysia
lynx, catamountshort-tailed wildcats with usually tufted ears
manul, Pallas's cat, Felis manulsmall wildcat of the mountains of Siberia and Tibet and Mongolia
margay, margay cat, Felis wiedismall spotted wildcat found from Texas to Brazil
ocelot, panther cat, Felis pardalisnocturnal wildcat of Central America and South America having a dark-spotted buff-brown coat
sand catA desert wildcat
serval, Felis servalslender long-legged African wildcat having large untufted ears and tawny black-spotted coat
tiger cat, Felis tigrinamedium-sized wildcat of Central America and South America having a dark-striped coat
Broadercat, true catfeline mammal usually having thick soft fur and no ability to roar
Spanishfelis silvestris, gato montés, gato salvaje
Catalangat salvatge

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