cat's whisker


noun


Nearby words

  1. cat's cradle,
  2. cat's cry syndrome,
  3. cat's meow,
  4. cat's pajamas,
  5. cat's paw,
  6. cat's whiskers,
  7. cat's-claw,
  8. cat's-ear,
  9. cat's-eye,
  10. cat's-foot

Origin of cat's whisker

First recorded in 1910–15

cat whisker

or cat's whisker

noun

Radio. a stiff wire forming one contact in a crystal detector and used for probing the crystal.
Electronics. any wire for making contact with a semiconductor.

Origin of cat whisker

First recorded in 1910–15

Also called whisker.

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British Dictionary definitions for cat's whiskers

cat's whiskers

cat's pyjamas

noun

the cat's whiskers or the cat's pyjamas slang a person or thing that is excellent or superior

cat's whisker

noun

a pointed wire used to make contact with the crystal in a crystal radio receiver
any wire used to make contact with a semiconductor
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