Cat"-harp`ingn. (Naut.) One of the short ropes or iron cramps used to brace in the shrouds toward the masts so a to give freer sweep to the yards.
Ca*thar"sis(?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. . See Cathartic.] (Med.) 1. A natural or artificial purgation of any passage, as of the mouth, bowels, etc.
(Psychotherapy) The process of relieving an abnormal excitement by restablishing the association of the emotion with the memory or idea of the event that first caused it, and of eliminating it by complete expression (called the abreaction).
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Ca*thar"ic*al(?), } a. [Gr. , fr. to cleanse, fr. pure; akin to F. chaste.] 1. (Med.) Cleansing the bowels; promoting evacuations by stool; purgative.
2. Of or pertaining to the purgative principle of senna, as cathartic acid.
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