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  1. wildcat well, wildcatnoun

    an exploratory oil well drilled in land not known to be an oil field

  2. beast, wolf, savage, brute, wildcatnoun

    a cruelly rapacious person

  3. wildcatadjective

    any small or medium-sized cat resembling the domestic cat and living in the wild

  4. wildcatadjective

    outside the bounds of legitimate or ethical business practices

    "wildcat currency issued by irresponsible banks"; "wildcat stock speculation"; "a wildcat airline"; "wildcat life insurance schemes"

  5. unauthorized, unauthorised, wildcatadjective

    without official authorization

    "an unauthorized strike"; "wildcat work stoppage"

  6. wildcatadjective

    (of a mine or oil well) drilled speculatively in an area not known to be productive

    "drilling there would be strictly a wildcat operation"; "a wildcat mine"; "wildcat drilling"; "wildcat wells"


  1. wildcatnoun

    A species of cat, Felis silvestris.

  2. wildcatnoun

    Any undomesticated species of cat.

  3. wildcatnoun

    a person who acts like a wildcat, often sexually

  4. wildcatnoun

    a caliber of ammunition derived by amending another type of cartridge and not made by commercial manufacturers.

  5. wildcatnoun

    In the labor movement, anything done outside of the control of bosses or trade unions.

  6. wildcatnoun

    an offensive formation characterized by a direct snap to a running back and an unbalanced offensive line

  7. wildcatverb

    to drill for oil in an area where no oil has been found before

    You'd have to be very rich or very desperate to go wildcatting that far east.

  8. wildcatadjective

    relating to oil exploration in an area where no oil has been found before

  9. wildcatadjective

    unauthorized by the proper authorities

  10. wildcatadjective

    unsound; worthless; irresponsible; unsafe


  1. Wildcat

    Wildcat is the name of several fictional characters, all DC Comics superheroes. The first and most famous of these is Ted Grant, a long-time member of the Justice Society of America. Created by writer Bill Finger and illustrator Irwin Hasen, Grant first appeared in Sensation Comics # 1. A world-class heavyweight boxer, Grant became inadvertently entangled in the criminal underworld and developed a costumed identity to clear his name. Modern portrayals of Wildcat show him to be a rowdy tough guy with a streak of male chauvinism, leading to frequent clashes with the relatively progressive Power Girl, as well as exploring some of the character's insecurities. Meanwhile, a magical "nine lives" spell has explained his vitality at an old age. Like many older JSA members, he's been a mentor to younger heroes, particularly Batman and Black Canary. His relationship with Canary was the basis for an episode of Justice League Unlimited. Other characters have taken Grant's name and identity, including the deceased Yolanda Montez, his goddaughter who took over while he was injured. Recently, Tom Bronson, his newly discovered son, has also taken up the title of Wildcat and has been taken under Grant's wing as a new member of the Justice Society of America.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wildcat in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wildcat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of wildcat in a Sentence

  1. Louis Adamic:

    From Mount Hollywood, Los Angeles looks rather nice, enveloped in a haze of changing colors. Actually, and in spite of all the healthful sunshine and ocean breezes, it is a bad place - full of old, dying people, who were born old of tired pioneer parents, victims of America - full of curious wild and poisonous growths, decadent religious cults and fake science, and wildcat enterprises, which, with their aim for quick profit, are doomed to collapse and drag down multitudes of people.

  2. Adrienne Rich:

    The worker can unionize, go out on strike; mothers are divided from each other in homes, tied to their children by compassionate bonds; our wildcat strikes have most often taken the form of physical or mental breakdown.

  3. Korean Proverb:

    Where there are no tigers, a wildcat is very self-important.

  4. Janet Napolitano:

    We are sympathetic to the high cost of housing in Santa Cruz and the pressure this puts on TAs, but a wildcat strike is not the way to get relief.

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