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ˈfɛr ɪtfer·ret

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. black-footed ferret, ferret, Mustela nigripesnoun

    musteline mammal of prairie regions of United States; nearly extinct

  2. ferretverb

    domesticated albino variety of the European polecat bred for hunting rats and rabbits

  3. ferretverb

    hound or harry relentlessly

  4. ferretverb

    hunt with ferrets

  5. ferret out, ferretverb

    search and discover through persistent investigation

    "She ferreted out the truth"

GCIDE

  1. Ferretnoun

    An animal of the Weasel family (Mustela furo syn. Putorius furo), about fourteen inches in length, of a pale yellow or white color, with red eyes. It is a native of Africa, but has been domesticated in Europe. Ferrets are used to drive rabbits and rats out of their holes. They are sometimes kept as pets.

    Etymology: [F. furet, cf. LL. furo; prob. fr. L. fur thief (cf. Furtive); cf. Arm. fur wise, sly.]

Wiktionary

  1. ferretnoun

    A mammal rather like a weasel, but which was originally bred from the polecat and often trained to hunt rats or rabbits in England.

    Etymology: furet, ferret, from firet, furet, diminutive of fuiron, from furo, diminutive of fur.

  2. ferretverb

    To hunt game with ferrets.

    Etymology: furet, ferret, from firet, furet, diminutive of fuiron, from furo, diminutive of fur.

  3. ferretverb

    To uncover and bring to light by searching; usually to ferret out.

    Etymology: furet, ferret, from firet, furet, diminutive of fuiron, from furo, diminutive of fur.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ferretnoun

    an animal of the Weasel family (Mustela / Putorius furo), about fourteen inches in length, of a pale yellow or white color, with red eyes. It is a native of Africa, but has been domesticated in Europe. Ferrets are used to drive rabbits and rats out of their holes

    Etymology: [Ital. foretto, dim. of fiore flower; or F. fleuret. Cf. Floret.]

  2. Ferretnoun

    to drive or hunt out of a lurking place, as a ferret does the cony; to search out by patient and sagacious efforts; -- often used with out; as, to ferret out a secret

    Etymology: [Ital. foretto, dim. of fiore flower; or F. fleuret. Cf. Floret.]

  3. Ferretnoun

    a kind of narrow tape, usually made of woolen; sometimes of cotton or silk; -- called also ferreting

    Etymology: [Ital. foretto, dim. of fiore flower; or F. fleuret. Cf. Floret.]

  4. Ferretnoun

    the iron used for trying the melted glass to see if is fit to work, and for shaping the rings at the mouths of bottles

    Etymology: [Ital. foretto, dim. of fiore flower; or F. fleuret. Cf. Floret.]

Freebase

  1. Ferret

    The ferret is a domesticated mammal belonging to the family Mustelidae. They typically have brown, black, white, or mixed fur. They have an average length of 20 inches including a 5 inch tail, weigh about 1.5–4 pounds, and have a natural lifespan of 7 to 10 years. Ferrets are sexually dimorphic predators with males being substantially larger than females. Several other small, elongated carnivorous mammals belonging to the Mustelidae family also have the word ferret in their common names, including an endangered species, the Black-footed Ferret. The ferret is a very close relative of the polecat, but it is as yet unclear whether it is a domesticated form of the European Polecat, the Steppe Polecat, or some hybrid of the two. The history of the ferret's domestication is uncertain, like that of most other domestic animals, but it is likely that ferrets have been domesticated for at least 2,500 years. They are still used for hunting rabbits in some parts of the world today, but increasingly they are kept simply as pets. Being so closely related to polecats, ferrets are quite easily able to hybridize with them, and this has occasionally resulted in feral colonies of polecat-ferret hybrids that have been perceived to have caused damage to native fauna, perhaps most notably in New Zealand. As a result, some parts of the world have imposed restrictions on the keeping of ferrets.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ferret

    fer′et, n. ribbon woven from spun silk. [Corr. from It. fioretto—L. flos, floris, a flower.]

  2. Ferret

    fer′et, n. a half-tamed albino variety of the polecat, employed in unearthing rabbits.—v.t. to drive out of a hiding-place: to search out cunningly:—pr.p. ferr′eting; pa.p. ferr′eted.n. Ferr′eter, one who uses a ferret to catch rabbits, &c.: one who searches minutely. [O. Fr. furet, a ferret—Low L. furon-em, robber—L. fur, a thief.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. ferret

    An aircraft, ship, or vehicle especially equipped for the detection, location, recording, and analyzing of electromagnetic radiation.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ferret in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ferret in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of ferret in a Sentence

  1. Peter Henning:

    They are trying to ferret out information from the midlevel employees who may know what happened but are fearful of being made a scapegoat.

  2. Monica Gandhi:

    I don't think we're going to actually get to that value. We can in animals -- there's been a ferret model and there's been a hamster model -- now two animal models where the more you give them the more sick those animals get and that is helpful, and it may give us a sense. But we won't know with humans, unfortunately, how much it takes.

  3. Angelica Varela:

    As conservation work, I mean were doing this so that eventually we dont have to keep doing it. Angelica Varela drove up from Phoenix with Angelica Varela friend, Brandi Kapos, who is an Olive Garden waitress and an Arizona State Univerisity conservation biology graduate. Shes looking to return to school to get a masters degree in Geographic Information Systems. Before Angelica Varela and Brandi Kapos got their assignment from Jennifer Cordova for the night, they said they had energy drinks and candy. Angelica Varela said Angelica Varela was pumped. With freezing temperates on the first night of the search, around 10 of the volunteers showed up, including Arizona State Univerisity biology graduates Angelica Varela and Brandi Kapos. ( Fox News) Jennifer Cordova said the goal is to get the black-footed ferret off the endangered species list. Fox News important because wildlife dont have a say -- theydont have a voice out there, Holly Hicks said. So, its people like us who manage and try to keep that voice out there and people aware. Our passion comes from a lot of places. We love animals. We want to see wildlife in the future for future generations. Only found in North America, this wild animal differs from the European pet ferrets that are domesticated. The black-footed ferret was once thought extinct until 18 were found in 1981. Since then, recovery and breeding efforts have helped the black-footed ferret population grow. I kind of feel like its our duty.

  4. Robert Coonrod:

    We're looking for a ferret to be outside his hole. We drive down, he gets curious, looks at the lights, you see the green eye shine, and then it's off to the races.

  5. Ken Burns:

    Other music genres are separated and isolated by celebrity, by bold faced names, they're going through that same stuff, and People Magazine's going to discover them and ferret People Magazine out and tell you, or the tabloids will. But with country it's right in your face. You know what's going on when somebody miscarries. You know when this person's marriage is over or when somebody falls in love. That's a particularly intimate thing.

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