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Definition of Rat


  1. One of several species of small rodents of the genus Mus and allied genera, larger than mice, that infest houses, stores, and ships, especially the Norway, or brown, rat (M. decumanus), the black rat (M. rattus), and the roof rat (M. Alexandrinus). These were introduced into America from the Old World.
  2. A round and tapering mass of hair, or similar material, used by women to support the puffs and rolls of their natural hair.
  3. One who deserts his party or associates; hence, in the trades, one who works for lower wages than those prescribed by a trades union.
  4. In English politics, to desert one's party from interested motives; to forsake one's associates for one's own advantage; in the trades, to work for less wages, or on other conditions, than those established by a trades union.
  5. To catch or kill rats.

Rat Quotations

You learned the two greatest thing in life, never rat on your friends, and always keep your mouth shut.
Robert De Niro

The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down rat holes with baited breath.
W. C. Fields

A squirrel is just a rat with a cuter outfit!
Sarah Jessica Parker

Mum had done everything you need to educate a kid. She made me a kid who likes books and she told me about 'Wind in the Willows' and read it and I thought this is weird, Rat, Mole, Toad and my first ever Bolshie thought - you know about 'The Wind in the Willows.'
Terry Pratchett

The research rat of the future allows experimentation without manipulation of the real world. This is the cutting edge of modeling technology.
John Spencer
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Rat Translations

rat in Afrikaans is rot
rat in Danish is rotte
rat in Dutch is rot, rat
rat in Finnish is rotta
rat in French is rat
rat in German is Ratte
rat in Italian is ratto
rat in Norwegian is rotte
rat in Portuguese is rato
rat in Spanish is rata
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