Cat's"-paw` (?), n.

1. Naut. (a)

A light transitory air which ruffles the surface of the water during a calm, or the ripples made by such a puff of air.


A particular hitch or turn in the bight of a rope, into which a tackle may be hooked.


A dupe; a tool; one who, or that which, is used by another as an instrument to a accomplish his purposes.

⇒ In this sense the term refers to the fable of the monkey using the cat's paw to draw the roasting chestnuts out of the fire.


© Webster 1913.