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[kat-wawk] /ˈkætˌwɔk/
a narrow walkway, especially one high above the surrounding area, used to provide access or allow workers to stand or move, as over the stage in a theater, outside the roadway of a bridge, along the top of a railroad car, etc.
Origin of catwalk
First recorded in 1880-85; cat + walk Unabridged
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  • He snapped a cover back in place and swung down from the catwalk.

    Alarm Clock

    Everett B. Cole
  • He clambered out onto the catwalk, leaving the air lock open.

    Tight Squeeze Dean Charles Ing
  • Burke's glasses flew from his face, hit the catwalk and caromed off to the ground.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • The Indians will be shooting down from the catwalk at our men when they try to get back here to us.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • When the smoke cleared, the brave was still standing on the catwalk.

    Shaman Robert Shea
British Dictionary definitions for catwalk


a narrow ramp extending from the stage into the audience in a theatre, nightclub, etc, esp as used by models in a fashion show
a narrow pathway over the stage of a theatre, along a bridge, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for catwalk

1885, "long, narrow footway," from cat (n.) + walk (n.); in reference to such narrowness of passage one has to cross carefully, as a cat walks. Originally of ships and theatrical back-stages. Application to fashion show runways is by 1942.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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