ferret


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fer·ret 1

 (fĕr′ĭt)
n.
1. A domesticated mustelid mammal (Mustela furo syn. Mustela putorius subsp. furo) with an elongated flexible body, often kept as a pet and sometimes trained to hunt rats or rabbits.
2. A black-footed ferret.
v. fer·ret·ed, fer·ret·ing, fer·rets
v.tr.
1.
a. To hunt (rabbits, for example) with ferrets.
b. To drive out, as from a hiding place; expel.
2. To uncover and bring to light by searching. Often used with out: "Their work merely points the way for others to ferret out the core components of all proteins" (Natalie Angier).
3. To hound or harry persistently; worry.
v.intr.
1. To engage in hunting with ferrets.
2. To search intensively.

[Middle English furet, ferret, from Old French furet, from Vulgar Latin *fūrittus, diminutive of Latin fūr, thief; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]

fer′ret·er n.
fer′ret·y adj.

fer·ret 2

 (fĕr′ĭt) also fer·ret·ing (-ĭ-tĭng)
n.
A narrow piece of tape used to bind or edge fabric.

[Probably alteration of Italian fioretti, floss silk, pl. of fioretto, diminutive of fiore, flower, from Latin flōs, flōr-, flower; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

ferret

(ˈfɛrɪt)
n
1. (Animals) a domesticated albino variety of the polecat Mustela putorius, bred for hunting rats, rabbits, etc
2. an assiduous searcher
3. (Animals) black-footed ferret a musteline mammal, Mustela nigripes, of W North America, closely related to the weasels
vb, -rets, -reting or -reted
4. (Hunting) to hunt (rabbits, rats, etc) with ferrets
5. (usually foll by: out) to drive from hiding: to ferret out snipers.
6. (usually foll by: out) to find by persistent investigation
7. (intr) to search around
[C14: from Old French furet, from Latin fur thief]
ˈferreter n
ˈferrety adj

ferret

(ˈfɛrɪt) or

ferreting

n
(Crafts) silk binding tape
[C16: from Italian fioretti floss silk, plural of fioretto: a little flower, from fiore flower, from Latin flōs]

fer•ret1

(ˈfɛr ɪt)

n.
1. a domesticated variety of the polecat, used esp. in Europe for driving small mammals from their burrows.
2. Also called black-footed ferret. a North American prairie weasel, Mustela nigripes, with a black mask and black feet.
v.t.
3. to drive out by or as if by using a ferret (often fol. by out): to ferret rabbits from their burrows; to ferret out enemies.
4. to hunt with ferrets.
5. to hunt over with ferrets: to ferret a field.
6. to search out; bring to light (often fol. by out): to ferret out the facts.
7. to harry or worry; torment.
v.i.
8. to search about.
9. to hunt with ferrets.
[1350–1400; Middle English fer(r)et(te), fyret, furet < Middle French furet < Vulgar Latin *furittus=fūr thief (< Latin) + -ittus -et]
fer′ret•er, n.
fer′ret•y, adj.

fer•ret2

(ˈfɛr ɪt)

n.
a narrow tape or ribbon, as of silk or cotton, used for trimming, etc. Also called fer′ret•ing.
[1570–80; alter. of Italian fioretto floss silk, literally, little flower =fior(e) (< Latin flōrem; see flower)]

ferret

- Its name comes from Latin furritus, "little thief"—alluding to the animal's affinity for stealing hens' eggs.
See also related terms for thief.

ferret

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

ferret


Past participle: ferreted
Gerund: ferreting

Imperative
ferret
ferret
Present
I ferret
you ferret
he/she/it ferrets
we ferret
you ferret
they ferret
Preterite
I ferreted
you ferreted
he/she/it ferreted
we ferreted
you ferreted
they ferreted
Present Continuous
I am ferreting
you are ferreting
he/she/it is ferreting
we are ferreting
you are ferreting
they are ferreting
Present Perfect
I have ferreted
you have ferreted
he/she/it has ferreted
we have ferreted
you have ferreted
they have ferreted
Past Continuous
I was ferreting
you were ferreting
he/she/it was ferreting
we were ferreting
you were ferreting
they were ferreting
Past Perfect
I had ferreted
you had ferreted
he/she/it had ferreted
we had ferreted
you had ferreted
they had ferreted
Future
I will ferret
you will ferret
he/she/it will ferret
we will ferret
you will ferret
they will ferret
Future Perfect
I will have ferreted
you will have ferreted
he/she/it will have ferreted
we will have ferreted
you will have ferreted
they will have ferreted
Future Continuous
I will be ferreting
you will be ferreting
he/she/it will be ferreting
we will be ferreting
you will be ferreting
they will be ferreting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been ferreting
you have been ferreting
he/she/it has been ferreting
we have been ferreting
you have been ferreting
they have been ferreting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been ferreting
you will have been ferreting
he/she/it will have been ferreting
we will have been ferreting
you will have been ferreting
they will have been ferreting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been ferreting
you had been ferreting
he/she/it had been ferreting
we had been ferreting
you had been ferreting
they had been ferreting
Conditional
I would ferret
you would ferret
he/she/it would ferret
we would ferret
you would ferret
they would ferret
Past Conditional
I would have ferreted
you would have ferreted
he/she/it would have ferreted
we would have ferreted
you would have ferreted
they would have ferreted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ferret - musteline mammal of prairie regions of United Statesferret - musteline mammal of prairie regions of United States; nearly extinct
mustelid, musteline, musteline mammal - fissiped fur-bearing carnivorous mammals
genus Mustela, Mustela - type genus of the family Mustelidae: minks and weasels
2.ferret - domesticated albino variety of the European polecat bred for hunting rats and rabbits
fitch, foulmart, foumart, Mustela putorius, polecat - dark brown mustelid of woodlands of Eurasia that gives off an unpleasant odor when threatened
Verb1.ferret - hound or harry relentlessly
hound, hunt, trace - pursue or chase relentlessly; "The hunters traced the deer into the woods"; "the detectives hounded the suspect until they found him"
2.ferret - hunt with ferrets
hunt, hunt down, track down, run - pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals); "Goering often hunted wild boars in Poland"; "The dogs are running deer"; "The Duke hunted in these woods"
3.ferret - search and discover through persistent investigation; "She ferreted out the truth"
discover, find - make a discovery; "She found that he had lied to her"; "The story is false, so far as I can discover"

ferret

verb search, hunt, sift, scour, rummage, forage, fossick (Austral. & N.Z.) She ferreted among some papers.
ferret something or out track down, discover, trace, disclose, get at, unearth, drive out, elicit, dig up, root out, search out, bring to light, nose out, smell out, run to earth They are trying to ferret out missing details.
Related words
male hob
female gill or jill
young kit
Translations
إِبْن مِقْرَصإبن مِقْرَض حيوان شبيه بابْن عِرْسيصيد مُسْتَعينا بابْنِ عِرْس
fretka
fritte
furo
fretti
lasicatvor
vadászgörényvadászmenyét
fretta
ケナガイタチ
흰담비
šeškasknistis
baltais sesks
fretka
jaktiller
สัตว์คล้ายพังพอน
dağ gelinciğiyaban gelinciği
chồn ferret

ferret

[ˈferɪt]
A. Nhurón m
B. VIcazar con hurones
ferret about ferret around VI + ADVhurgar (in en)
ferret out VT + ADV [+ person] → dar con; [+ secret, truth] → desentrañar

ferret

[ˈfɛrɪt] nfuret m
ferret about
vifureter
to ferret about for sth → fouiller à la recherche de qch
ferret around
vifureter
vt fusfureter dans
ferret out
vt sepdénicherFerris wheel ferris wheel [ˈfɛrɪshwiːl] n (US) (= big wheel) → grande roue f

ferret

nFrettchen nt
vi
(Sport: also go ferreting) → mit dem Frettchen jagen
(also ferret about or around)herumstöbern or -schnüffeln (pej); she was ferreting (about or around) among my bookssie schnüffelte in meinen Büchern (herum); he was ferreting (around) for informationer schnüffelte nach Informationen (herum)

ferret

[ˈfɛrɪt]
1. nfuretto
2. vicacciare con il furetto
ferret about ferret around vi + adv (fam) → frugare
ferret out vt + adv (fam) (secret, truth) → scoprire; (person) → scovare, scoprire

ferret

(ˈferit) noun
a type of small, weasel-like animal used to chase rabbits out of their holes.
ferret (about) verb
to search busily and persistently. He ferreted about in the cupboard.

ferret

إِبْن مِقْرَص fretka fritte Frettchen νυφίτσα hurón fretti furet lasica furetto ケナガイタチ 흰담비 fret ilder fretka furão хорек jaktiller สัตว์คล้ายพังพอน yaban gelinciği chồn ferret 雪貂
References in classic literature ?
They can't jump down in a hurry, and it won't take long to ferret 'em out.
Yes--yes--the end is not so difficult; if I had only a brain active enough to ferret out the means of attaining it.
That Providence, however, had put it into the heart of a person who was beyond fear and beyond reproach, to ferret out the nature of the prisoner's schemes, and, struck with horror, to disclose them to his Majesty's Chief Secretary of State and most honourable Privy Council.
He was endeavouring to pierce the darkness with his ferret eyes, when the chimes of a neighbouring church struck the four quarters.
I pass my life with my wife, children, and friends; my pursuits are hunting and fishing, but I keep neither hawks nor greyhounds, nothing but a tame partridge or a bold ferret or two; I have six dozen or so of books, some in our mother tongue, some Latin, some of them history, others devotional; those of chivalry have not as yet crossed the threshold of my door; I am more given to turning over the profane than the devotional, so long as they are books of honest entertainment that charm by their style and attract and interest by the invention they display, though of these there are very few in Spain.
Young Towers looked at him with increasing disgust when they met at the house on a Sunday, and secretly longed to try his ferret upon him, as a piece of vermin which that valuable animal would be likely to tackle with unhesitating vigour.
Nature never makes a ferret in the shape of a mastiff.
He hung his bow over his shoulder, and as an overall he wore the skin of a grey wolf, while on his head he set a cap of ferret skin.
The captain, in his zeal for the health and cleanliness of his ship, would make sweeping visitations to the "lubber nests" of the unlucky "voyageurs" and their companions in misery, ferret them out of their berths, make them air and wash themselves and their accoutrements, and oblige them to stir about briskly and take exercise.
No, I only ferret out things that may be of some use to me," was the unexpected reply, uttered with an air of perfect vacancy and swallowed by Mr.
Fain [gladly] would his dogs have known, as breathing heavily and wiping their cutlasses, they gathered at a discreet distance from his hook, and squinted through their ferret eyes at this extraordinary man.
Gryphus would have been sure to ferret it out in the search, and would then have treated it as he did the first.